October 24th, 2008
06:08 PM ET

Joe the Plumber open to 2010 run

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/24/art.joecongress.gi.jpg caption="Joe Wurzelbacher said he may run for Congress in 2010."]
Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer
Could Joe the Plumber become Joe the congressman?

Joe Wurzelbacher, the most famous plumber in America thanks to John McCain and Sarah Palin, told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham Friday he's considering a run for Congress in 2010.

That would pit Wurzelbacher against longtime Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur for Ohio's 9th district on the state’s northern border, which includes Toledo and Sandusky. "I'll tell you what, we'd definitely be in one heck of a fight, Marcy Kaptur definitely has a following in this area," he said of the possibility. "But, you know, I'd be up for it."

Wurzelbacher's chances would likely be slim. Kaptur has served in the district for 25 years, and remains a popular figure there. She won reelection in 2006 with nearly 75 percent of the vote and is expected to easily sail through another reelection this year.

But Wurzelbacher, who gained fame after he challenged Barack Obama on his tax plan earlier this month, has attained a certain rock-star status in the Republican Party and his entrance into the race would likely be greeted with instant excitement and media coverage.

Ingraham herself said she would immediately volunteer for his campaign and help him with campaign advertising and PR. Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee said they would welcome Wurzelbacher's candidacy with "open arms."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. lampe

    Even Joe, has more experience than Obama. At least he doesn't lie when asked a question.

    October 24, 2008 at 7:45 pm |
  2. RM from Michigan

    HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! Well .... seriously ...... Joe is probably a better pick for Congress than Paline was for the VP.

    October 24, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  3. edward willison, CA

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but is it true that Wurzelbacher's real name isn't "Joe", and, he's not a licensed plumber?. And so additing to a bigger lie, , when tax time rolls around he'll be an illegible recipient of the Obama tax cuts.

    Hmmm...the more I hear about this guy, the more he sound like the Bush doctrine- all sound bite and no truth!

    Is this the great change that McCain and Palin are have in store for the American people:?... looks like, smells like, and feels like 'W"'s leftovers to me.


    October 24, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
  4. Jim M

    Just goes to show you the current state of the Republican Party.

    October 24, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  5. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    The GOP can have him. Wait til the vetting process happens Lol.....

    October 24, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  6. Gary Chandler in Canada

    He's been wearing that same hoodie for how long?

    October 24, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  7. Fang

    If I have choices to vote for a president and vice-president in this election, I would .....
    George Bush vs. Barack Obama...vote for Bush!
    Joe the Plumber vs. Joe Biden......vote for Joe the Plumber!

    God bless America by not voting for Obama/Biden 08'

    October 24, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  8. Barb, Des Plaines

    Sorry, Joe. That Chance Gardener of a candidate Sarah Palin has already taken the job of court jester at the GOP.
    Maybe there's an opening on some other reality TV show.

    October 24, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  9. Cindy Panackia

    Joe, We are looking for any political leaks?

    Riverview, Mi

    October 24, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Joe the Plumber running for congress...oh that is funny!!


    October 24, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  11. Rachel Farris

    Get real. He'd be like Palin.....clueless!

    October 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  12. Gayle Myers ( Calgary Alberta Canada)

    If Mr. Wurzelbacher (a.k.a. Joe the Plumber) believes that anyone will remember him past November 7th then he should probably keep his dream alive...Sorry Joe, but your news from 20 minutes ago.

    October 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  13. George

    He is a smart man and "visionary?" – he knows republican are going to need new faces!!

    October 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  14. B C Gomez

    Don't you have to be an acutual tax paying citizen or will the RNC bring current his unpaid taxes?

    October 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm |