“Joe the Plumber” is suing former Ohio officials for violating his privacy, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Employees of the state’s family services department (since resigned) checked Samuel Wurzelbacher for unpaid child support obligations, after Sen. John McCain elevated him to prominence. “You shouldn't have to regret asking a reasonable question in a public forum of a presidential candidate,” says the head of the group representing Wurzelbacher.
Wurzelbacher says this is just one example of how the campaign caused long-term damage to his reputation. “I can no longer actually work as a plumber,” he told the Washington Post. That's because anything he does—like break a pipe—would become national news. “I've spoken to some of my plumbing buddies in town and no one really wants to touch me right now.”