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Joe the Plumber: Republican Plant and Relative of Charles Keating?

If you watched the third and final presidential debate last night you know that there were many mentions of "Joe the Plumber." Joe is actually Joe Wurzelbacher, an 'everyman' who appeared out of a crowd at an Obama campaign appearance and asked the senator about his economic plan. Joe says his American Dream is being able to provide for his family and send his son to college. But some are saying that Joe isn't who he appears to be.


Asked by Anonymous at 12:27 AM on Oct. 17, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Joe has a lien for unpaid taxes...heehee.

    omg.. well now i understand he is not aplant just someone who doesn't pay his taxes.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:03 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • Wurzelbacher, who says he was playing football outside with his son when he came upon the crowd gathered around Obama, was planted by the Republican party. This would explain how conservative sites got stories posted about him in advance of the debate and how easily everyone else found him for interviews.
    Wurzelbacher is not a registered voter.

    Wurzelbacher may not be licensed in his home state of Ohio.
    Wurzelbacher may be related to Robert Wurzelbacher of Cincinnati, Ohio, who happens to be Charles Keating's son-in-law. Keating was implicated in the Keating 5 scandal.
    Wurzelbacher already owns a few companies, which would contradict his claims of being a plumber looking to buy a small business.
    (One thing that is on the record: Wurzelbacher compared Obama to Sammy Davis Jr. in an interview with Katie Couric. Ouch.)


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:31 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • damn i didn't know this was so long
    So is any of this true? I'm not sure, but some things are suspicious. For instance, how was it that a newspaper was present when Joe was watching the debates (they took the picture above) if Joe didn't know his name would be mentioned?

    I'm sure the National Enquirer is already hot on Wurzelbacher's trail, so expect to hear more on Joe the Plumber soon. In the meantime, I'd like to get Joe's number - my bathroom faucet is leaking.


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    Answer by Anonymous at 12:32 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • Oh please,what a reach!!!!! y'all are becoming

    Answer by guardmp_MOM at 12:33 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • Well, shoot, it doesn't matter if Obama or McCain wins ... Mr. Joe the Plumber is going to be one rich man! lol, talk about free advertisement.

    Answer by KatieBatey at 12:34 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • LOL katie I agree.. maybe we should go to the next couple of rallies and promote our business

    Answer by ny.chica at 12:36 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • lol, no kidding!

    Answer by KatieBatey at 12:37 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • HOLLAND, Ohio - Joe the Plumber said Thursday he doesn't have a license and doesn't need one. Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, the nickname Republican John McCain bestowed on him during Wednesday's presidential debate, said he works for a small plumbing company that does residential work. Because he works for someone else, he doesn't need a license, he said.

    But the county Wurzelbacher and his employer live in, Lucas County, requires plumbers to have licenses. Neither Wurzelbacher nor his employer are licensed there, said Cheryl Schimming of Lucas County Building Regulations, which handles plumber licenses in parts of the county outside Toledo.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • Wurzelbacher, who voted in the Republican primary and indicated he backed McCain, was cited by the GOP presidential candidate as an example of someone who wants to buy a plumbing business but would be hurt by Democrat Barack Obama's tax plans. Wurzelbacher said he was surprised that his name was mentioned so many other times.

    "That bothered me. I wished that they had talked more about issues that are important to Americans," he told reporters gathered outside his home.

    Wurzelbacher, 34, said he doesn't have a good plan put together on how he would buy Newell Plumbing and Heating in nearby Toledo.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 AM on Oct. 17, 2008

  • He said the business consists of owner Al Newell and him. Wurzelbacher said he's worked there for six years and that the two have talked about his taking it over at some point.

    "There's a lot I've got to learn," he said.

    Wurzelbacher said he started his day with an early morning workout and came back to his suburban Toledo home to do live interviews with TV networks.

    Reporters camped out by his house overnight and by midmorning there were 21 people on his driveway surrounding him, holding cameras and notebooks.

    Wurzelbacher said he's feeling overwhelmed.

    "I'm kind of like Britney Spears having a headache. Everybody wants to know about it," he joked.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 AM on Oct. 17, 2008