Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, is officially switching careers.
The outspoken handy man who gained fame for challenging then-Sen. Obama's plans to "spread the wealth around" secured his spot on the general election ticket with a narrow primary win last night northeast Ohio.
Wurzelbacher hasn’t exactly been embraced by the Republican establishment, largely because GOP officials regard the northeastern Ohio-based 9th District as tilting heavily Democratic and an unlikely November pickup. The National Republican Congressional Committee hasn’t bothered to add Wurzelbacher to its “Young Guns” program for top recruits. After Kaptur beat Kucinich, “Joe the Plumber” will now face the veteran Democrat in the fall.
Still, Wurzelbacher’s candidacy has been greeted with enthusiasm by some conservatives. Late last month, Herman Cain came to Ohio to campaign for him.