After much speculation and rumor “Joe the Plumber” has officially thrown his hat into the ring.
At a casual presser in East Toledo he formally announced his candidacy against long-term incumbent Marcy Kaptur (D).
Kaptur has held captive Ohio #9 for the last 29 years and is considered one of the most powerful and progressive women in the House.
Although Joe told me via telephone he wished there was a “Tea Party” candidate category he will be running as a Republican. Below is video taken by me at his kick-off presser this evening:
From his presser:
Joe Wurzelbacher (Joe the Plumber) gained national prominence when he asked then presidential candidate, Barack Obama, a question about his tax plan. The conversation was captured by an ABC cameraman and Joe’s life would never again be the same.
His story came to symbolize the idea of spreading the wealth in the 2008 presidential campaign. Through massive amounts of mud-slinging and name bashing, Joe never backed down from his principles. To this
day he continues to fight for the working man so they have the opportunity to fulfill their true American dream.
Joe has been an avid outdoorsman since childhood and as a US Air Force Veteran believes very passionately in the health and happiness of our wounded soldiers.
We’ll be hearing a lot more from Joe in the coming months and I’ll keep you posted. I do know this. I have lived in NW Ohio during the long term stranglehold of Kaptur and all need to help defeat her. Ohio is now under a redistricting war and what remains to be seen is if Kaptur will be running for the Dem primary against Kucinich.
Thanks Joe for undertaking this momentous effort. The Conservatives in NW Ohio will be working hard to ensure a defeat against Kaptur.
Joe’s twitter handle is @JoeWurzelbacher
His website is here.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks