Joe the plumber : Samuel Wurzelbacher

Joe the Plumber" has filed paperwork to run for Congress as a Republican in Ohio's Ninth District -- home to two of the most liberal Democrats in Congress.
Joe the plumber Samuel Wurzelbacher
Wurzelbacher will face one of two Democratic incumbents: Marcy Kaptur or Dennis Kucinich, both longtime members of Congress and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Running in Democratic Stronghold
Joe the plumber Samuel Wurzelbacher
The 10th District is ranked D+8.
Joe the plumber Samuel Wurzelbacher
Based both on past election results and on the Cook rankings, neither district is very likely to elect a Republican, especially a conservative Republican like Wurzelbacher.
Joe the plumber Samuel Wurzelbacher
Since 2008, when he campaigned for McCain and his running mate, former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, Wurzelbacher has been outspoken about his conservative positions. Schroeder, Wurzelbacher's consultant, called the campaign "exploratory" and said that Wurzelbacher would decide by Oct. 25 whether to stay in the race.
Joe the plumber Samuel Wurzelbacher
Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher, who became an overnight sensation during the 2008 presidential campaign, said in a telephone interview Monday that he would decide by Oct. 25 if he will run for Ohio's 9th U.S. House district.

Mr. Wurzelbacher, however, has filed a "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Elections Commission to run as a Republican for that congressional seat. Mr. Wurzelbacher, 37, a Springfield Township resident, acknowledged that he does not live in the 9th Congressional District.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) is the 9th District incumbent and also is the longest-serving Democratic woman in the House. Jon Stainbrook, chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party, said he has encouraged Mr. Wurzelbacher to run. Mr. Stainbrook said Mr. Wurzelbacher appeals to "the working class union people of northwest Ohio," conservative Republicans, and the Tea Party members.

Mr. Wurzelbacher in 2008 campaigned with Mr. McCain and running mate Mrs. Palin -- who reportedly took him hunting in her home state of Alaska.

Steve Fought, a spokesman for Miss Kaptur, said Mr. Wurzelbacher's candidacy is an issue for Republican voters and that Miss Kaptur declined to comment.

Mr. Fought was referring to Mr. Wurzelbacher's lack of an Ohio plumber's license in 2008 when he was first nicknamed "Joe the Plumber."

Mr. Wurzelbacher Monday said he has used his "15 minutes of fame" from 2008 to help veterans.

The group, called Alaska's Healing Hearts, lists Mr. Wurzelbacher as vice president on its Web site.

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