‘Joe the Plumber’ Sees Election Hopes Go Down the Drain

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Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher greets supporters during a campaign rally with Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain in this October 30, 2008 file photo in Mentor, Ohio.

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, better known as the “Joe the Plumber” who confronted President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, failed to win election to the U.S. House from Ohio, losing to incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur, the Associated Press reported.

Wurzelbacher met Obama in October 2008 and complained that the Democrat’s proposal to allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire on schedule for those earning more than $250,000 a year would prevent him from buying a plumbing business that would take in as much as $280,000. He later appeared in a television commercial for Republican nominee John McCain. “Do you believe in the American dream?” Wurzelbacher asked Obama. ”I’m being taxed more and more for fulfilling the American dream.”

Kaptur, who ousted fellow Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich in the primary to win the nomination, outspent Wurzelbacher through Oct. 17, $1.4 million to $384,778, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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