From The Telegraph:
Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher’s campaign confrontation over tax with Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama has been seized on by Republican John McCain, who has made the issue a centrepiece of his campaign during the final week of the race.
But now Joe the Plumber has bowed to growing pressure from grassroots Republicans in his home state of Ohio to consider launching his own campaign.
Mr Wurzelbacher told conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham that he is thinking of challenging Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in her Toledo area seat in 2010.
On Saturday, he confirmed his intentions in a further interview with Fox News but made clear that he has not yet had talks with Republican leaders in Ohio, who have previously said they would welcome him running.
From The Hill’s Blog:
Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber,” said Friday he may consider running for Congress in 2010, challenging longtime Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) in the Toledo-area district.
“There is a movement afoot to draft you to run for Congress,” Ingraham said. “Joe, let me tell you something: you decide to run for Congress, and I’ll help you with your PR, I’ll help you do your ads, I mean, I’ll volunteer to help you.”
Wurzelbacher said he did agree with Kaptur’s vote against the bailout, and touted his support for a flat tax on income.
A Springfield, Ohio native, Wurzelbacher became a target of fame and scrutiny after Republican candidate John Mccain referenced the plumber during his third presidential debate against Barack Obama. Wurzelbacher confronted Obama during a campaign spot in northwest Ohio preceding the debate to ask Obama about his tax plan.
Supporters launched a website following Wurzelbacher’s rise to prominence encouraging him to run for the seat.
Kaptur has represented Ohio’s 9th congressional district since being elected in 1982, and has easily secured reelection in years since. She is expected to easily defeat Republican opponent Bradley Leavitt next month.
I guess Princess Sarah wasn’t quite dumb enough for the Goopers. No word on whether or not Laura Ingraham took Joe the Plumber shopping for a new wardrobe after the show.