No If, Ands, Butts About It: Joe the Plumber, (R) Ohio, To Represent 9th Congressional District....
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Mr. Joe Wurzelbacher, has filed a "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Elections Commission to run as a Republican for 9th District Court seat in Congress. The filing, made last week, means a campaign committee can raise and spend funds on his behalf.
"I am still exploring it one way or another, but come Oct. 25 I will make an announcement. That is a date that I have set," he said.
Mr. Wurzelbacher, 37, a Springfield Township resident, acknowledged that he does not live in the 9th Congressional District.
"If I do anything, it would be in the 9th," Mr. Wurzelbacher said. "I live in Ohio and that is what it comes down to. Legally, as long as you live in the state one year and are a registered voter, you can run anywhere you want."
Joe Wurzelbacher has been an icon for many anti-establishment conservatives and popular among Tea Party members.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) is the 9th District incumbent and also is the longest-serving Democratic woman in the House. She and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Cleveland) have both said they will run for the Democratic nomination for the seat. They were put into the same race after a congressional redistricting.
"The reason I would want to run for Congress is to show the American people and show Ohio that someone can run and serve without compromising their integrity," Mr. Wurzelbacher said. "It comes down to jobs. Ohio has lost a quarter of a million people and someone is not doing their job and I know I can do a much better job.
"Bottom line: It comes down to serving the people," he added.
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