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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Joe the Dumber

So it turns out Joe the Plumber is a McCain supporter after all.

Joe, whose real name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, plans to campaign for Republican John McCain today in Ohio, apparently because he favors McCain's tax plan over that of Democrat Barack Obama.

Wurzelbacher, you'll remember, became a 15-minutes-of-fame celebrity a few weeks back when, in an exchange caught by TV news cameras, he complained to Obama that the Democrat's tax plan would hurt small businessmen like himself. He told Obama he wanted to buy the plumbing business where he worked and that, as a result, he would bear the brunt of Obama's plan to raises taxes on people and small businesses making more than $250,000 per year.

All this, of course, was before we found out that "Joe" isn't even a licensed plumber (meaning he's not allowed to own a plumbing business in Ohio), doesn't have the money to buy the business and doesn't even have a concrete plan to buy the business. In other words, he's likely to continue working as a plumber's apprentice, a job at which he makes a modest salary and would be helped by Obama's tax plan.

This is a guy who John McCain wants campaigning for him? I guess desperate times do, indeed, call for desperate measures.

But then, Joe isn't really campaigning for McCain. He's just trying to keep his face on TV and his name in the newspapers because - in case you haven't heard - he's planning to run for a seat in the House in 2010.



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