October 16, 2008

Joe Isn't a Plumber—And His Name's Not Joe

It looks like Sarah Palin wasn't the only one that John McCain didn't vet before making famous:

As it turns out, Joe the Plumber, as he became nationally known when Senator John McCain made him a theme at Wednesday’s final presidential debate, may work in the plumbing business, but he is not a licensed plumber...

Mr. Wurzelbacher had never held a plumber’s license, which is required in Toledo and several surrounding municipalities. He also never completed an apprenticeship and does not belong to the plumber’s union, which has endorsed Mr. Obama. On Thursday, he acknowledged that he does plumbing work even though he does not have a license.

His full name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. And he owes back taxes, too, public records show. The premise of his complaint to Mr. Obama about taxes may also be flawed, according to tax analysts. Contrary to what Mr. Wurzelbacher asserted and Mr. McCain echoed, neither his personal taxes nor those of the business where he works are likely to rise if Mr. Obama’s tax plan were to go into effect, they said.

There is good news and bad news for McCain with respect to his two unvetted "picks." The good news is that Joe the Plumber (or is it Sam the Scammer?) will soon be forgotten. The bad news is Sarah Palin is stickin' around fer good...

By Will Friedman in Election '08 | Permalink  | 

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