Joe the Plumber Works His 15 Minutes

After the presidential candidates mentioned him more than two dozen times in their debate Wednesday night, Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” today enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame by holding a televised news conference outside his home in Holland, Ohio.

… Over the weekend, Wurzelbacher met Democratic president candidate Barack Obama, who was campaigning in Ohio. He talked with the Democrat about taxes and small businesses.

That exchange was picked up by the campaign of Republican John McCain, who turned the plumber into a symbol of economic renewal through job creation by small-business men. McCain mentioned him at least five times as often as did Obama during the debate.

… Wurzelbacher this morning remained cool to questions about whom he would support.

“I’m not telling anybody anything” about voting, he said. “It’s a private booth. I want the American people to vote for who they want to vote for. I just want them to be informed.”

“I’m a flash in the pan, not a megastar,” Wurzelbacher told reporters today. “I’m not Matt Damon. I’m not any of those guys who have droves of women and men who want to be them or will vote for them because Matt Damon said so. I love his movies but I don’t have that kind of power.”

via LA TimesJoe the Plumber meets the press

The article does not mention this, but Wurzelbacher, according to publicly available records, was registered with the Natural Law Party , switched to the GOP, and voted Republican in the 2008 Ohio primary election. He says he supports the Iraq occupation. If what he says about his work situation is true (and trust that people are digging into that), Obama’s plan would be economically preferable for him, but it’s clear who gets — and probably always had — his vote. The plumber is correct about one thing, though: Get informed and vote.

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