Joe the Plumber is plunging into politics.
The Ohio man who became a household name after questioning then-candidate Barack Obama about his economic policies during the 2008 campaign has filed paperwork to run for Congress.
Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher’s statement of candidacy filed with theFederal Election Commission last week says he plans to run as a Republican in Ohio’s 9th U.S. House district. The filing means a campaign committee can raise and spend funds on Mr. Wurzelbacher’s behalf.
The seat is now held by Marcy Kaptur, the longest serving Democratic woman in the House.
Mr. Wurzelbacher rose out of obscurity in 2008 after meeting Mr. Obamaat a rope line and saying he distrusted the candidate’s economic policies regarding taxing small business, which led Mr. Obama to explain that economic benefits come when “you spread the wealth around.” Shortly afterward, Republican candidate Sen. John McCain began to repeatedly cite “Joe the Plumber” in a presidential debate.