UpDate III: Joe the Plumber thinks Social Security is a joke.
It seems that Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is a registered Republican. Surprise! He voted in his first primary on March 4, 2008, registering as a Republican. In fact, the gang at DailyKos found that every single Wurzelbacher in the Milford and Cincinnati area contributes to the Republican Party.
UpDate IV: Joe “the Plumber” is no relation to Robert Wurzelbacher. No connection to the Keating 5 Scandal. Marty thought he might have had a connection there, but even Keith Olbermann on MSNBC said they were not related.
Update V: “Joe The Plumber” Part II – The Vetting Of Joe. Link to my new post. With all the latest updates. Including John McCain’s new Campaign Ad featuring “Joe the Plumber.” Latest Update about “Joe the Plumber” – from Bloomberg and more. (use my new post link)
This is what Marty Eisenstadt uncovered yesterday on his blog:
John McCain did great tonight in the debate. But every time John mentioned “Joe the Plumber,” some of us in the campaign banged our heads against the wall. If Steve Schmidt had any hair left, I hear he would have been pulling it out tonight. He reportedly screamed at John’s debate prep team tonight (out of earshot of reporters, of course). “You idiots – he’s related to Charles Keating… of the Keating Five scandal!” They thought they had a real live Joe Six-Pack who’s spurned Barack Obama’s tax plan. But what they forgot to do was check on Joe Wurzelbacher’s background.
Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.
Over at The Jed Report, he feels the same way I do about “Joe the Plumber”, but he found some interesting facts out also.