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Joe the Plumber Wants to Sell His Story and Run for...

Keith Olbermann reported that Joe the Plumber has hired an attorney to shop around a book deal regarding Joe’s experience in this year’s election race.   Given that we know so much about Joe’s life right now (and by so much, I mean, more than I ever wanted to know about a plumber, ever) do we really need a book about it?

And, now, according to CNN, Joe the Plumber is looking to run for Congress in 2010. Hope his past ducks are in a row.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Lori
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 21:20:36

    *gag* Is he really a plumber with no license? Is he really a writer because he gets a book contract? Am I really posting on this story instead of living my life?

  2. Ann Bruce
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 21:37:00

    It’ll have to be pop-up picture book. That’s the only way to fill out more than a single page.


    Plumber with no license.

    Claimed to be independent but was registered as a Republican.

    Worried about future increased taxes even though he doesn’t pay the taxes he currently owes.

    Doesn’t understand the difference between revenue and income.

    Donated $100 to the Obama campaign. (Too bad the public can’t find out when he made the donation.)


    Guess I was generous. They would have to double space and use 20-point font to fill one page.

  3. Jane
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 21:39:20

    @Ann Bruce – I thought he donated $100 to the RNC.

  4. Ann Bruce
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 21:42:08

    Nope, DNC. Olbermann reported it.

  5. Ann Bruce
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 21:43:31

    Or maybe both. My theory is he donated to the Obama campaign after it was explained to him which tax plan would be more favorable to him…and after McCain threw him under the media spotlight.

  6. Robin/Janet
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 00:39:34

    So we’re supposed to ignore all the whining he’s been doing about not wanting the publicity he’s gotten? Oy. I’m still not convinced he wasn’t a McCain plant to begin with. That campaign is so thorough in their vetting, after all.

  7. Jenns
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 12:21:53

    Ya know, sadly enough, I’ve kind of been expecting something like this…

  8. Kimber An
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 14:57:13

    It’s astonishing how many people have insulted this average American simply because he asked Obama a question he couldn’t answer well.

  9. Jane
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 15:08:29

    @Kimber An: I know KimberAn, I am appalled at how shamelessly the McCain campaign has ruthlessly exploited this private citizen by exposing poor Joe to scrutiny and forcing him to admit that he would do better under the Obama tax plan.

  10. Ann Bruce
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 16:59:06

    @Kimber An: So the average American tries to entrap people by lying misrepresenting himself and evades taxes?

    No wonder the US has such a huge deficit!

    As for Obama’s answer, I’ve seen the
    video of the exchange
    . He answered the question honestly and he answered it well. Joe the Plant Unlicensed Plumber just didn’t get the answer he wanted…or maybe he did because he’s now the Republican media darling.

  11. Ann Bruce
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 17:07:36

    Dear God. Now he’s thinking of running for Congress.

  12. Lynne
    Oct 26, 2008 @ 00:40:11

    The guy REALLY lost me when he referred to Obama’s answer as tap dancing like Sammy Davis, Jr. Good lord.

    Any unwelcome scrutiny he received was because his own candidate used his name over and over again in examples in the third debate. What media outlet *wouldn’t* track the guy down after McCain made him his poster boy? Unexpected media scrutiny of that kind is rarely flattering, particularly not to someone with so many contradictions in his bio.

  13. Jax
    Dec 28, 2008 @ 19:49:41

    There is no “Joe the Plumber” book.

    all they have is a price, a dust jacket and a page count (192 for some reason.) critics angling for an advance copy have been put off. orders for the book have virtually stopped, and the morons who pre-ordered and paid for joe the plumber’s book are getting really pissed off, in print, on his site! so long joe the jerk, we hardly knew ya!

    See the REAL joe the plumber site at

  14. Chris
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 22:52:47

    Joe the Plumber does not even have a License. All 50 states in the U.S. require Barbers to have a License to cut hair but not all 50 states require plumbers to have a License. Ohio is one of them. Joe the Plumber says he is a Plumber but he don’t have a License. We keep ours is at the top of our Website. Joe’s is not to be found!! Who knows where his is! As far as we know he don’t know crap about Plumbing. Even if the though the state doesn’t require you to get one. You still have to get one from one of the towns or you can’t legally work in them. I think it is lazy on the States behalf to say well we are not gonna give them a License at the State Level and we will just give the Towns and Cities the power to License them and decide weather or not they should require a License or not. Sometimes the towns say ” well the state doesn’t require a License so why should we”? Next thing you know you got a bunch of people Practicing Plumbing on Commercial Jobs and in big building who don’t know what they are doing and are not qualified. I feel for the State in the future because they are gonna end up having some pretty bad issues before the law changes. Right now any of the towns can give out Plumbing License if they decide that they want to require that Plumbers be Licensed in their town and they can give the Exams and stuff like that. Basically if you know the right people I’m pretty sure it won’t be hard to get a License. Its very obvious that it is something that should be handled through the state. That way people don’t slip through the cracks everywhere.

  15. Chris
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 22:53:53

    Joe the Plumber Doesn’t even have a Plumbing License… All 50 states in the U.S. require Barbers to have a License to cut hair but not all 50 states require plumbers to have a License… Pretty screwed up huh?? Ohio is another one of those states that doesn’t require you to have a Plumbing License to Practice which I think is really stupid. They basically leave it up to the towns and cities to decide weather or not you can Practice Plumbing in that town without a License. A lot of times the town says ” well the state don’t require one so why should we”, which is also ignorant. If the town requires a License then You also gotta go through the town or city to get your license. The state gives these towns and cities the authority to issue a Plumbing License which can easily become corrupt. Some People could easily get a License without putting in their time or having the Knowledge needed just because they know the right people. The State gives to many organizations the power to dish out Plumbing Licenses. Which makes it very easy to become corrupt. There are some other States that Do this too but not many. Ohio’s Plumbing & Sewer Problems in the Future will be through the roof. By the time they realize that they should have made it a law to get the license through the state the damage will be done! I work for a Plumbing company in Illinois. We have to go through the state here to get a license. We keep our License at the top of our Website. It is something that we try to show to our clients immediately so that they know what kind of company the are working with.

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