Joe the Plumber

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Joe the Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Rights'

Victim's dad counters that one's rights don't negate one's responsibilities

(Newser) - Samuel Wurzelbacher, perhaps better known as Joe the Plumber, watched Richard Martinez sobbing over the shooting death of his only son in the Isla Vista rampage, and responded thusly in an open letter on Barbwire.com : "I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and... More »

Joe the Plumber on the Border: 'Start Shooting'

...and 'put a damn fence' up

(Newser) - Samuel Wurzelbacher, perhaps better known as "Joe the Plumber," has a border control solution: The US should "put a damn fence on the border going with Mexico and start shooting," he said Friday at a fundraising dinner for an Arizona state senator. Wurzelbacher, an Ohio Republican... More »

Joe the Plumber: Gun Control Contributed to Holocaust

Video: In campaign ad, he says victims couldn't defend themselves

(Newser) - "Joe the Plumber" is running for Congress in Ohio, and a new campaign video in which he criticizes gun-control laws is raising a few eyebrows. In it, Samuel Wurzelbacher says this: "In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others,... More »

Joe the Plumber to CNN: You're Just Like TMZ

Question about his views on homosexuality outrage Wurzelbacher

(Newser) - Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher went on CNN to talk about his congressional run today, and it wasn't exactly a friendly encounter. When host Zoraida Sambolin brought up a past quote in which Wurzelbacher said he wouldn't let his gay friends "anywhere near my children,"... More »

Dennis Kucinich Loses Ohio Seat

Two-time prez candidate loses to Dem Marcy Kaptur in redrawn district

(Newser) - Ohio voters yesterday bounced two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich out of office, leaving him without a congressional seat for the first time in 16 years. The antiwar populist conceded just after midnight to progressive Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur in the race to represent Ohio's redrawn Ninth District. The outcome... More »

Joe the Plumber Is Endorsing ...

...no one, though he wishes Herman Cain was still in the race

(Newser) - Joe the Plumber is running for Congress as a Republican in Ohio, but he's not endorsing any of the GOP candidates for president because his favorite is no longer in the race—Herman Cain. Just like Cain, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (aka "Joe the Plumber"), says he supports... More »

Joe the Plumber Running for Congress

Files for candidacy in Ohio

(Newser) - With all eyes on the 2012 presidential election, a familiar face from 2008 has returned: Joe the Plumber is set to run for Congress, Capital New York reports. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher has filed a statement of candidacy and established a congressional campaign committee. He is seeking Ohio's 9th district... More »

Joe the Plumber Gets Elected

Sam Wurzelbacher is no longer an outsider

(Newser) - Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher isn't a scrappy political outsider anymore: He's a newly-minted member of the Republican Party Central Committee of Lucas County. He was elected to that post by a landslide tally of 38-23, the Toledo Blade reports. No, as far as we can tell, those aren't... More »

Joe the Plumber: McCain 'Screwed My Life Up'

Wurzelbacher says the candidate used him during campaign

(Newser) - Don't expect to see Joe the Plumber on the campaign trail for John McCain anytime soon. "I don't owe him shit," Joe Wurzelbacher told an audience in Pennsylvania this week. "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it." Wurzelbacher said the McCain... More »

Meghan McCain: Joe the Plumber 'Is a Dumbass'

(Newser) - Meghan McCain talks to Out.com about her campaign for gay marriage and her role as pseudo-spokeswoman for a new generation of Republicans, and one line is sure to catch a lot of attention: "Joe the Plumber—you can quote me—is a dumbass," she says of the... More »

Gay Activist Swipes Back at Joe the Plumber

Activist prez: Who cares?

(Newser) - Joe the Plumber's latest social commentary is a non-issue, according to a leading gay rights activist. “It would matter if Joe the Plumber mattered,” the Human Rights Campaign president said of Samuel Wurzelbacher’s recent labeling of gay people as “queer” as in “strange and unusual,... More »

DC Right-Wingers Get Joe the Plumber 'Horny'

(Newser) - Being honored at a Washington event last night skewering the liberal media made Samuel Wurzelbacher—better known as Joe the Plumber, of Campaign ’08 fame—“horny,” the Washington Post reports. “God, all this love and everything in the room—I’m horny,” the Republican everyman... More »

Joe the Plumber Sues Over Privacy Violations

Snooping part of pattern of hostility, claims Wurzelbacher

(Newser) - “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... More »

As a Reporter, Joe the Plumber's a Good Plumber

Would-be journo mainly full of crap

(Newser) - In our YouTube world, "anyone and everyone can play journalist," but not everyone should, writes James Rainey in the LA Times. Case in point: Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher. In his work for conservative Pajamas Media, "Wurzelbacher looks about as capable with a microphone and a... More »

Reporting From Gaza, This Is Joe the Plumber

Campaign celeb tries war journalism for conservative website

(Newser) - Perhaps in an effort to ditch his infamous moniker, Joe the Plumber is swapping plunger for pen. The Ohio businessman, the presidential election’s "average American," will spend 10 days near Gaza covering Israel’s perspective on the conflict for pjtv.com, Internet arm of conservative Pajamas Media.... More »

2008 Hall of Infamy Inductees

A month-by-month gallery of the year's most ignominious figures

(Newser) - As we look back at the great people who made their mark this year, let us not forget to document the schlubby, the sneaky, and the just plain criminal. Vanity Fair has done the legwork, rounding up a month-by-month rogue's gallery. Some highlights:
  • January: Rudy Giuliani's Florida strategy was
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Joe the Plumber 'Appalled' by McCain

Campaigning made him feel 'dirty'

(Newser) - Joe the Plumber, a sidekick of John McCain's presidential campaign who came to represent the common man, now says he was "appalled" by the Republican candidate, Politico reports. Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher, who appeared at campaign stops with McCain, told a conservative radio show host his up-close look at presidential... More »

Joe the Plumber Grabs Book Deal

Chooses small publisher, says he's "spreading the wealth"

(Newser) - Before the 2008 election is a month old, Joe the Plumber plans to have a book on the shelves, the New York Times reports. Samuel J. Wurzelbacher has signed a deal with PearlGate Publishing to write “Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream,” due in bookstores Dec.... More »

Arugula as 'Hope Salad,' and Other Obama Changes

How president-elect can deliver, concretely, on campaign mantra

(Newser) - In case you haven’t heard, Barack Obama wants to bring change to America. Culture11 offers a list of what that change might mean:
  • When daughters ask for a puppy, Daddy shouts: "Yes we can!"
  • French win fries debate in White House cafeteria. Arugula now known as “
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Campaign Buzzwords We'll Be Happy to Discard

The pitbull with lipstick might've been a game-changer, but enough already

(Newser) - It's an inevitability of any election season: Some phrases will get bandied around so much that the hapless American, simply trying to do his civic duty by paying attention, will be crushed under the sheer weight of political verbiage. The Red Eye lists the worst offenders:
  • Change: As in, change
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