Obama's Plumber Calls Joe Out

Wurzelbacher hurts pros by having no license, he says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2008 6:41 PM CDT
Barack Obama shakes hands with Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber by trade, as he canvasses a neighborhood October 12, 2008 in Holland, Ohio.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Joe Wurzelbacher may be the most famous plumber this side of Super Mario Brothers, but Troy Dunn doesn't think much of him. “Joe the Plumber isn’t even a licensed plumber,” says Dunn, the 44-year-old licensed journeyman who fixes Barack Obama’s toilets. “He's taking our work. McCain talks about the middle class, and then he brings up this guy as his champion. The middle class is being hurt by people exactly like him.”

Dunn hasn’t actually met Obama, but he has met Michelle. “She’s a real nice lady,” he says. “I’m not a big fan of going there right now, though, because of the Secret Service. It’s kind of a pain.” McCain, meanwhile, finally met Wurzelbacher yesterday. “He’s a great guy,” McCain concluded, and accused Obama of making the drain man a political target.