Samuel Wurzelbacher, best known as “Joe the Plumber,” the unlikely media darling during the 2008 presidential campaign, announced at a restaurant in Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday he is running for Congress.
Wurzelbacher is running for the redrawn 9th district. Should he make it through a crowded GOP primary, he would likely face either Rep. Marcy Kaptur or Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who are matched up in a Democratic primary.
“As a living, I’ve built things, I’ve fixed things, I’ve made things whole,” Wurzelbacher said during an MSNBC appearance Wednesday. Later, he added, “You lead by serving. Most Congressmen don’t know they’re supposed to be public servants. ... That’s what I plan to do.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.