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“Joe The (Not Actually A) Plumber” AKA “Joe the Bummer”

Joe Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” is considering running for the Congressional seat in his Northeastern Ohio district and he is getting little to no support, not surprisingly, from plumbers. The man who challenged Obama’s policies and made a name for himself in the 2008 Presidential election, thus becoming the poster child for the Republican attempt to make itself the party of the working man (hahahahaha!), is still seeking to profit off of his 15 minutes of Right-Wing fame. Not so fast, says the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), the union that represents 340,000 licensed plumbers in North America. In an article on POLITICO the UA’s Rick Terven, Sr. said,

“As you know both Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptor are also considering this race and have stood by working families time and time again. In doing so they both have earned the strong support of our members in Ohio. ‘Joe the Plumber’ may have played a part in the 2008 election story, but we know that the plumbers of the United Association and all other plumbers who care about working people will continue to support either Democratic nominee, not ‘Joe the Plumber.’

“‘Joe the Plumber’ does not represent the United Association nor our union members in any way. This is someone who appears to care more about being a celebrity than actually helping working families.”

Wurzelbacher filled out the proper paperwork to be on the ballot but has yet to decide if he will actually run. His lack of support from fellow plumbers may become a major setback, but that’s what happens when you assume the role of the Republican Working Man when you are…not even a licensed plumber.

POLITICO sourced the opinions of other leaders in the plumbing profession.

“Jim Kendzel is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and hadn’t heard of Wurzelbacher’s run until POLITICO’s phone call. And he didn’t seem moved by it either way, saying: “We encourage all of our members to be active in legislative and code process both at the local and state and federal level promoting good plumbing, engineering practices.”

But as for Wurzelbacher, specifically?

“We really don’t have any comment related to that.”

Well, except on one minor detail: “I don’t believe he’s actually a plumber.”

Even typically right-leaning contractors’ associations can’t muster support for “Joe the (not actually a) Plumber.”

“I don’t think he’s actually licensed,” said Charlotte Perham, senior director of communications for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, which bills itself on its website as “the oldest trade association in the construction industry.”

“I don’t know a lot about him,” said Perham, although she did know that “he’s not a member of our organization.”

“At this point, we don’t have any comment.”

We do!


One Comment on ““Joe The (Not Actually A) Plumber” AKA “Joe the Bummer””

  1. All 50 states in the United States require Hair Cutters to get a Barbers License but not all 50 states require plumbers to have a License… Pretty screwed up huh? Ohio and Pennsylvania are among these states that doesn’t require you to have a Plumbing License to Practice. They basically leave it up to the towns and cities to decide weather or not you can Practice Plumbing in that town without a License. A lot of times the town says ” well the state don’t require one so why should we”, which is also ignorant. If the town requires a License then You also gotta go through the town or city to get your license. The state gives these towns and cities the authority to issue a Plumbing License which can easily become corrupt. Some People could easily get a License without putting in their time or having the Knowledge needed just because they know the right people. The State gives to many organizations the power to dish out Plumbing Licenses. Which makes it very easy to become corrupt. There are some other States that Do this too but not many. Ohio’s Plumbing & Sewer Problems in the Future will be through the roof. By the time they realize that they should have made it a law to get the license through the state the damage will be done! I work for a Plumbing company in Illinois. We have to go through the state here to get a license. We keep our License at the top of our Website. It is something that we try to show to our clients immediately so that they know that they are dealing with a legit company and not just some fly by night. So is Joe the Plumber Legit??? Even though you don’t have to get a License through the State you are still suppose to get them through the townships and the cities that require a license unless you just don’t work in those towns since you don’t have a license. Then you would have very limited work because all the major towns probably require a license unless you work in the illegally. It makes you wonder if Joe the Plumber can even handle his own business much less handle the Business for the whole state.

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