Analysts said Wurzelbacher's circumstances have muddled McCain's effort to profit politically from the tax issue, making it unlikely ``Joe the plumber'' will have any more long-term benefit for his campaign than did the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Before living in Ohio, Wurzelbacher was a resident of Mesa, Arizona, in McCain's home state, according to property records.
McCain gave Wurzelbacher an apology yesterday for throwing him into the spotlight.
Joe the Plumber's story sprang a few leaks Thursday. Turns out that the man who was held up by John McCain as the typical, hard-working American taxpayer isn't really a licensed plumber. And court documents show he owes nearly $1,200 in back taxes.
"Joe," whose name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, was cited repeatedly in Wednesday night's final presidential debate by McCain for questioning Barack Obama's tax policy.
Wurzelbacher instantly became a media celebrity, fielding calls during the debate and facing reporters outside his home near Toledo on Thursday morning for an impromptu nationally televised news conference.
The burly, bald man acknowledged he doesn't have a plumber's license, but said he didn't need one because he works for someone else at a company that does residential work. In January 2007, Ohio's Department of Taxation filed a claim on his property until he pays the debt, according to the records. "I'm probably going to call him this morning. I thought he would probably be up late. I heard that his — that his phone lines were pretty well were flooded. But I think we're going to be spending some time together," McCain told the network.
What should we call him since he's not even a plumber? And when McCain calls him what will he say? "Thanks for scamming your way into the spot light? It's not my campaign's fault for not checking you out. I would have never mentioned you a million times at the debate." If blogs like C&L and many others didn't bother to check up on him would Joe still be getting the drooling Wolf Blitzer coverage?
Rick Davis tried to say that the Obama campaign is responsible for our debunking of "Joe," but Anna shoots that down.
Rick Davis, on this score, is full of it. I should have pointed it out earlier. All of the "anti-Joe" (or at least "questioning Joe") material I've received has come from bloggers, columnists, friends, etc. (And, of course, from righties decrying their actions.)