'Joe the Plumber' Strikes Back at Media
(Oct. 19) - "Joe the Plumber" is lashing out at the media for analyzing his personal life since he suddenly became a focal point of the presidential race last week.
Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio, told Mike Huckabee on his Fox News talk show Saturday that he is upset by the attention and has been unable to work with reporters crowded on his front lawn.
Joe the Plumber Frowns at Media GlareJae C. Hong, AP5 photos Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher was thrust into the media spotlight after speaking with Democratic Sen. Barack Obama during a campaign stop in Holland, Ohio, Oct. 12. Wurzelbacher, who supports Republican Sen. John McCain, expressed concern to Obama over his tax plan.
"The media's worried about whether I've paid my taxes, they're worried about any number of silly things that have nothing to do with America," Wurzelbacher told the former Republican presidential hopeful on his show, "Huckabee."
Wurzelbacher said he felt terrible after reading some of the criticism of himself posted online.
"I felt about that small," he said. "I mean I really did."
Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been portraying Wurzelbacher as emblematic of people with concerns about Obama's tax plans.
Wurzelbacher became famous after he met Obama and said the Democrat's tax proposal could keep him from buying the two-man plumbing company where he works. However, reports of Wurzelbacher's annual earnings suggest he would receive a tax cut rather than an increase under Obama's plan.
(me- tough joe! talk to mccain about it and stop pissing about "the media"
mccain is the one using him and it's all based on a damn lie, "so joe. tough!")