6 Reasons I'd Vote for My Plumber Over 'Joe the Plumber'

Joe the PlumberRemember Joe the Plumber, the buff, bald dude who asked Obama a few confrontational questions about taxes during the last presidential election and then found himself dangling in the national spotlight as a totem of the working class after Senator John McCain, the Republican candidate, referred to him repeatedly during a debate?

You may also recall that the guy turned out to be neither actually named Joe (his full name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, though he does go by the name Joe) nor a plumber (he didn't have an official plumber's license, though he did work under his boss's license).

Well, apparently ol' Joe has now filed a "statement of candidacy" to run for U.S. Congress as a Republican representing Ohio's 9th District. Joe's gunning for one candidate in particular, Represetnative Marcy Kaptur, who happens to be the longest-serving Democratic woman in the House, which, it seems to me, ought to be worth something. (Those plumbers, always tinkering ...)


Joe's still, I guess, just toying with the idea of a run: He hasn't officially declared his candidacy yet, saying he'll let the world know his intentions once and for all on October 25. (As a faux plumber, I'm guessing he won't let word leak early -- har, har.)

True to form, though, Joe doesn't even live in the district in which he's running, which is apparently OK according to Ohio's rules, but strikes me as kind of odd, frankly.

It also strikes me that I'd sooner vote for my own plumber than Joe the Plumber. Here's why:

  1. My plumber doesn't lie (or stretch the truth, or whatever): He's an actual licensed plumber -- I've seen proof -- and his name is really what he says it is. And as far as I know, he's never claimed to be getting ready to buy a $250,000 company just to confront a presidential candidate about a sticky issue on camera.
  2. My plumber is cool with powerful, opinionated, liberal-leaning women: He was very patient with me while I weighed the aesthetic and functional benefits and demerits of an alarmingly vast number of kitchen sink faucets.
  3. My plumber has experience creating jobs for deserving people: He's got at least three people working for him and they're all very nice.
  4. My plumber might be able to fix our nation's fiscal problems: I'm guessing, based on the exorbitant rates he charges, that he's doing pretty well for himself, financially.
  5. My plumber isn't giddy with fame: I've never, ever heard him compare himself to "Britney Spears having a headache."
  6. My plumber has never gone hunting with Sarah Palin: I suppose I can't be totally sure about this one. But when he shows up this week to fix my leaky tub, I'll be sure to ask him.

Would you vote for your plumber over Joe the Plumber for political office?


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