Joe the Plumber announces run for Congress
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, the Ohio man who as “Joe the Plumber” famously pressed then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on tax policy in 2008, said on Tuesday he was running for Congress.
Wurzelbacher said he would run as a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, which includes the city of Toledo.
“If I’m coming off as angry, it’s because I am,” he said in the video of his official announcement posted on the website of foxtoledo.com.
“I just can’t stand it when people do bad work. And we’ve been voting, the last 40 or 50 years, (for) bad people to do bad things to us. Why have we been doing it? Because we don’t take our civic responsibility seriously enough,” he said.
The district is currently represented by Democratic Representative Marcy Kaptur, first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982. Due to redistricting, she will face longtime Democratic lawmaker Dennis Kucinich in a primary.