I find this to be typical of this area :roll:
Turn's out Joe the Plumber is not a plumber afterall. (NBC)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Joe the Plumber update
Because we're sure you want to know: Joe the Plumber does not have a
plumbing license, has no concrete plans to own a business, and might
have to vote provisionally in the Ohio election.
Joe Wurzelbacher, whose story John McCain used last night to poke at
Barack Obama's tax plan, is learning today what most sudden
celebrities do - that the second 15 minutes of fame aren't nearly as
much fun as the first.
Wurzelbacher is the Toledo man Barack Obama spoke to this week while
making a surprise door-to-door canvass of an Ohio neighborhood.
Wurzelbacher told Obama - and later reporters - that Obama's tax plan
might be an obstacle to him buying a plumbing business.
McCain pounced on the moment to illustrate the victims of Obama taxing
citizens and businesses that make more than $250,000. Obama made his
own appeal to Joe. Katie Couric called. Suddenly, Joe was political
and media gold.
Today, however, Wurzelbacher told a swarm of reporters that the whole
owning a business thing was a little premature. He and the owner of
the plumbing business where he works have talked about him taking it
over at some point. "There's a lot I've got to learn," he said.
The Toledo Blade is reporting that Wurzelbacher does not have a
plumbing license, and that according to Ohio building regulations, he
must maintain his own license to do plumbing work. He is also not
registered to operate as a plumber in Ohio, which means he’s not,
technically, Joe the Plumber.
Wurzelbacher also might have a small issue with his voter
registration, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Because of a
discrepancy in the spelling of his name on voter records, he might
have to vote provisionally this election. Wurzelbacher apparently did
vote in the Ohio primary this year as a registered Republican, the
Plain Dealer reports. He was a member of the Natural Law Party in
The moral here is not that Joe is a bad guy. It's not that McCain's
larger points about taxes are necessarily invalid. It's that we should
be cautious with any political narrative we hear.
McCain, by the way, told Fox News that he might be giving Wurzelbacher
a call. "I think we're going to be spending some time together,"
With satellite trucks surrounding his house and bloggers poking into
public records and more, Wurzelbacher might not take him up on the
offer. Would you?
(Update: Uh oh. ABC News is reporting that Joe has a lien against him
for unpaid taxes in 2007.)
(Update No. 2: An Ohio TV station, NBC24, attempts to answer the
question of what kind of license Joe needs:
"A representative with Toledo Building Inspection says a plumber must
be registered with the state and only then may they apply for a Toledo
Plumbing Contractor's license.
Al Newell is a licensed plumbing contractor in the city of Toledo.
Anyone working under him should have a journeyman's plumbing license
or an apprenticeship license. According to Toledo Building Inspection,
Newell is responsible for making sure anyone working under him is
Joe Wurzelbacher does not have an Ohio or city plumbing license.
The City of Toledo Plumbing Board of Control may consider a punishment
for Wurzelbacher and/or Newell.")
Posted by pstonge at 2:03 PM