Congressman Joe the Plumber

In the waning days of the 2008 presidential campaign, then Sen Obama was on the campaign trail in northern Ohio.  Ohio is considered by many to be a key state in securing the Oval Office.  At a public event, Obama shook hands with an average looking guy who then challenged Obama concerning his tax hikes on the wealthy.

Samuel Wurzelbacher confronted Obama and said, “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes $250 to $280,000 a year.  Your new tax plan’s going to tax me more, isn’t it?”

Obama answered, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

The incident was caught on film and Joe the plumber gained instant fame.  Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher decided against purchasing the plumbing company he was looking at when he asked Sen. Obama that question.  Since then, Wurzelbacher has appeared in commercials, written a book, given motivational speeches and even went to Israel as a war correspondent.

However, he is still concerned about the direction the country has gone under Obama’s leadership and has decided to try to do something about it.  Last week, Wurzelbacher, filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and announced his intentions to run for the US Representative seat from Ohio’s 9th District.  And in case you are interested, he is running on the Republican ticket.

Perhaps America needs more Joe the Plumbers in Congress.  People like Wurzelbacher that care about what’s happening and want to make a difference.  A difference to the way things are being handled by veteran members of both parties.

It’ll be interesting to following Ohio’s 9th District elections and if Joe the Plumber makes it to Congress.