Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (aka “Joe the Plumber”) has landed himself a gig working for the United Auto Workers.
Wurzelbacher wrote of his new job Sunday on his website, prompting predictable snickers from Democrats who supported the Obama-backed bailouts of Chrysler and General Motors. Let’s just say the welcome wagon needs some time in the repair garage.
“I had three days of orientation, and now I’m ‘on the job’ over here at Chrysler and on Day 4, I’m outside on a break smoking a cigarette and right on cue – some guy calls me a ‘teabagger,’” wrote Wurzelbacher, referring to a derogatory term for Tea Party backers.
Wurzelbacher draws a distinction between private unions and public unions in his post. Tom Troy of the Toledo Blade writes that Wurzelbacher has not been returning messages, and it is unclear what, exactly, the erstwhile plumber is doing for Chrysler.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur soundly defeated Wurzelbacher in a 2012 race for Congress. Wurzelbacher’s job would put him in UAW Local 12, part of UAW Region 2B, which recently backed Democrat Ed FitzGerald – a Kaptur ally – for governor.
Wurzelbacher rose to national fame in 2008 after he famously pressed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on questions involving personal income distribution of wealth.
Wurzelbacher's new job will see him working the Chrysler Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.
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