Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum drew the most media coverage during Super Tuesday but they weren’t the only choices for Ohio voters. Ohioans also had to choose between Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher and Steve Kraus.
And they sided with Joe.
Joe the Plumber won the GOP nomination in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District last night by taking in 51% of the vote.
ABC reports that Joe the Plumber narrowly beat out Steve Kraus, an auctioneer and real estate agent, despite the fact that Wurzelbacher outspent his opponent six to one. Wurzelbacher also appeared at big rallies alongside popular republicans like Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum.
Joe the Plumber will now go up against Rep. Marcy Kaptur. ABC reports that Joe the Plumber’s political career may get put on hiatus when he goes up against Kaptur, who is a 15-term Democratic incumbent that recently beat out Dennis Kucinich in the Democratic primary.
Wurzelbacher was thrust into the national spotlight during the 2008 campaign when he asked then-candidate Barrack Obama about his tax plan. Wurzelbacher quickly became the face of middle of America and was given the nickname Joe the Plumber. Joe was put in the middle of the political world and apparently he didn’t like what he saw. Joe writes on his website:
“If I had known then what I know now, I might have kept my mouth shut. I was then promptly thrown into the political world of lies, distortion and half-truths.”
Do you think Joe the Plumber is the right person to shake up congress?