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For Joe the Plumber, a Higher Tax Bracket?

Joe Wurzelbacher signs autographs at a McCain-Palin rally in Bowling Green, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

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."

By The Reliable Source  |  October 30, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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"Joe The Plumber" is a self serving buffoon. His first name is not Joe, he's not a licenced plumber, and he was probably planted at the Obama rally by McSame and company to try to get an off the wall answer from Obama. He saw a chance to make some money for himself (perhaps so he can finally pay his taxes), and hes' taking advantage of it. "Joe The Plumber", a regular "everyman" has now hired a PUBLICIST!!!! Nothing elitist about that, is there?

Posted by: Classic57 | October 30, 2008 5:34 AM | Report abuse

This is the problem with Republicans . The litmus test of a good conservative is character; and they seem to have lost in the last decade and more. The fake plumber is just the latest example!

Posted by: svchary0 | October 30, 2008 5:55 AM | Report abuse

He is the worst of America: Substituting red-neck belligerence for being informed; a fake plumber; lying about his income; and just generally being a total jerk and celebrating it and getting 15 minutes of fame for it. I am working class myself - pouring concrete today in fact, and Wurzelbacher does not speak for me. I let my early vote for Obama be my voice.

Posted by: FsG0012 | October 30, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

this guy is a joke.

Posted by: wm44 | October 30, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Why does this not surprise me. This campaign on the Republican side has become a three ring circus run by people who have never even seen the inside of a circus tent.

Posted by: ramsheadtavern | October 30, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

has this guy swayed anyone's vote one way or another. i feel bad for the guy in some sense because (conspiratorial plant theories aside) i dont think he was asking for the attention. in fact, i think he said he wanted to be out of the limelight. however, here is on tv and signing autographs. he'll be pulled apart by these pr guys who will make some bucks off of his hide for a couple of weeks and then discard him like yesterday's newspaper. we'll be seeing "where are they now" articles about him during the '12 race. no doubt he'll be worse for wear and wishing this had never happened...seen it before. no one, least of all "joe" should be surprised when it happens.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 30, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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