Joe the Plumbers wiki entry.


Sep 26, 2000

So much has been said, corrected, said again, that I just wanted to post something we can ALL refer to about Joe the Plumber.

From wiki:

Plumbing career and licensing issues

An Associated Press article revealed that Wurzelbacher does not have a plumber's license or apprenticeship.[16] He claimed[citation needed] he does not need a license because he works for someone else. Lucas County, where Wurzelbacher and his employer reside, requires plumbers who perform work including sanitary drainage, water supply, storm drainage, and natural gas piping, to have licenses.[17] Although Wurzelbacher does not hold a plumbers license himself, his employer does hold licenses with the State of Ohio and City of Toledo, but not with Lucas County.[1][15] Local 50 of the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics, whose membership endorsed Obama, indicated that Wurzelbacher applied for an apprentice program in 2003 but never completed the work.[18]

Wurzelbacher is one of two employees of a small plumbing firm, Newell Plumbing and Heating Co. of Toledo.[6] This is the company he described to Obama as making more than $250,000 per year;[15] however, according to Bloomberg News, even if Wurzelbacher bought the company making the earnings he believed, by the time he took proper business deductions he'd be left with between $150,000 and $200,000 in taxable income and wouldn't be affected by Obama's proposed increase in the top rates.[19] MSNBC reported that "Ohio business records show the company?s estimated total annual revenue as only $100,000. Actual taxable income would be even less than that."[20] Wurzelbacher reported that the idea of buying the company was discussed during his job interview six years prior.[1]

In his interview on ABC's Good Morning America on October 16, Wurzelbacher stated that his two current plumbing jobs were for a gas station and for a shopping center, Levis Commons.[12]