For Joe the Plumber, a Higher Tax Bracket?
Joe the Plumber has signed with Jim the Publicist.
The Ohio workingman who emerged as an election-year symbol of middle-class tax fears is now being repped by a Nashville PR firm known for its work with music acts.
"He's had a deluge of requests" for appearances, Jim Della Croce, owner of the Press Office, told us. "Right now we're just planning on getting him through the week."
Joe Wurzelbacher, 34, endorsed John McCain on Tuesday; yesterday he appeared with Sarah Palin at a rally in Bowling Green, Ohio, where thousands chanted his name -- but what next? With a PR team, clearly he's hoping for offers to put him in a much higher tax bracket.
"He's a focused, dynamic speaker, and he's touched a nerve with the common man," Della Croce said. He wouldn't specify, but "there's going to be life far beyond the election for Joe the Plumber."
Joe wasn't available -- "he's gone out to the woods to get his head together" -- so the publicist put us on the phone with another client, Aaron Tippin, fresh from the same rally. The country star (whose new song is "Drill Here, Drill Now") brought Joe into the fold after meeting him on the "Huckabee" show: "There's something about that guy, his voice. People are drawn to him." At the rally, "he reminded me of my first days in the music business. I told him, go out there and be who you are, and you know what, he did that."
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