'Joe the Plumber' Leaks Political Support for Idaho House Candidate


His real name is Sam Wurzelbacher, but he's better known as "Joe the Plumber."

Wurzelbacher had his moment in the political limelight in 2008 when he confronted then-candidate Barack Obama about business taxes during a campaign stop in Ohio. Wurzelbacher wasn't a plumber; he says he wanted to buy a plumbing business. Obama's challenger, John McCain, started using "Joe the Plumber" in campaign events and Wurzelbacher tried his own hand at politics, losing to an Ohio state representative in 2012.

Wurzelbacher has, on more than one occasion, been caught with foot-in-mouth. In June 2012, he tied gun control to the Holocaust, made some controversial remarks about immigration ("For years I've said put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting.") and wrote an inappropriate letter to the parents of victims of a mass shooting in California ("As harsh as this sounds—your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional rights").

On Oct. 4, the "plumber" was leaking some political hyperbole in Lewiston, where he campaigned for Republican House candidate Mike Kingsley, who is challenging Democratic Minority Leader Rep. John Rusche. Kingsley sailed onto the November ballot when he was unopposed as a write-in candidate during May's Republican primary.