It’s starting to look like Joe the Plumber, darling of the most recent presidential debate, was a Republican plant on Obama’s rope line. A plant that Obama handled quite well, I should add.
Wurzelbacher doesn’t have a plumber’s license and isn’t registered as a plumber in Ohio, the Toledo Blade reported on its Web site today. His employer has a state plumbing license, the newspaper said.
Before living in Ohio, Wurzelbacher was a resident of Mesa, Arizona, in McCain’s home state, according to property records.
Mr. Wurzelbacher’s notoriety has raised the ire of Tom Joseph, business manager for Local 50 of the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Service Mechanics, who claimed that Mr. Wurzelbacher didn’t undergo any apprenticeship training.
“When you have guys going out there with no training whatsoever, it’s a little disreputable to start with,” Mr. Joseph said. “We’re the real Joe the Plumber.”
Mr. Joseph said Mr. Wurzelbacher could only legally work in the townships, but not in any municipality in Lucas County or elsewhere in the country.
“This individual has got no schooling, no licenses, he’s never been to a training program, union or non-union, in the United States of America,” Mr. Joseph said.
The association has endorsed Barack Obama, according to Mr. Joseph.
Questions were raised Thursday morning whether Mr. Wurzelbacher is a registered voter.
Linda Howe, executive director of the Lucas County Board of Elections, said a Samuel Joseph Worzelbacher, whose address and age match Joe the Plumber’s, registered in Lucas County on Sept. 10, 1992. He voted in his first primary on March 4 of this year, registering as a Republican.
Ms. Howe said that the name may be misspelled in the database.
Mr. Wurzelbacher, 34, acknowledged during an interview at his home late Thursday morning that he knows he’s “a flash in the pan,” after his fame spread for an impromptu debate he had in front of his Springfield Township home with Mr. Obama last Sunday.
Mr. Wurzelbacher said he objects to Mr. Obama’s plans to raise income taxes on incomes above $250,000. He said he makes no where near that much money but he would not say how much he makes or if he ever expects to make $250,000. Court records from a divorce show Mr. Wurzelbacher made $40,000 in 2006.
Positively Rovian. I smell a plant.
Assuming Joe was sincere, he expects to jump from a $40K salary to a $250K+ salary in just three years. During the worst economic downturn since the depression. Joe is typical of many Republican dupes…he votes for less taxes on the uber-rich, against his own best interests (because reducing the burden on the higher tax brackets means increasing it on the lower brackets, or cutting services and reducing things like Medicare and Social Security), because he dreams one day to be among the uber-rich. It’s a nice dream, but it has no basis in reality. You have to be lucky, you have to apply yourself (which means actually getting the training in your field), and then once again you have to be lucky. Planning an end run against actually training and apprenticing as a skilled labourer probably won’t get him into the mansion.
/Briguy rant off