10:53 am Oct. 10, 20113
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," has formed a congressional campaign committee and filed a statement of candicacy, according to the Federal Election Commission's website.
The statement of candidacy isn't online yet, but it lists Wurzelbacher in Ohio's Ninth District, which has been held by Democrat Marcia Kaptur since 1983. Wurzelbacher floated the idea he might challenge Kaptur in 2010, and there have been rumors recently that he might consider a run.
Wurzelbacher catapulted into the national spotlight in October 2008, when he confronted Barack Obama about the effect of his proposed tax plan on Wurzelbacher's small business. The encounter, during a campaign stop in Ohio, came a few days before the final presidential debate, and the plumber's everyman cause was then picked up by Senator John McCain, and became a big part of the Republican message.
Not that the G.O.P. has a monopoly on plumber-activists. Here's Azi Paybarah's video of Walter Hillegas, a plumber from Queens, talking about why he was at the Occupy Wall Street protest last week.