Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher captured the Republican nomination for Ohio’s ninth congressional district in yesterday’s primary. During the 2008 campaign Wurzelbacher famously sparred with then candidate Barack Obama over how the now President’s administration would affect small businesses, and took exception to the “spread the wealth” philosophy of Mr. Obama. In the same district, longtime Representative Dennis Kucinich lost to Representative Marcy Kaptur in the Democratic primary. The 2010 Census caused Ohio to lose Congressional seats and the Republican controlled legislature drew a district along Lake Erie from Cleveland to Toledo which forced to two incumbent Democrats to run against each other.
Kucinich has been an outlier and, many would say an oddball. In my more whimsical moments, I have been known to excuse my eccentricities by saying what do you expect from some who was born in the same Congressional District that Dennis Kucinich represents. Well, now there is a possibility that one who comes closer to being my soul mate will be the new Congressman there. I say possibility because Joe the Plumber is not favored, as the district was doubtless drawn to concentrate Democrats and remove them from GOP leaning districts. But that’s politics. Anyway, Wurzelbacher’s nomination shows how fifteen minutes of fame can propel one onto the national stage. Can’t vote for him – unless I move back to my native state and county. Probably not. Naturalized Texan I am and will remain. But I’ll be rooting for him, and maybe even send a donation. Good luck, Joe.
Joe the Plumber with Herman Cain