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Ohio's 'Joe the Plumber' of 2008 presidential campaign fame files papers to run for Congress
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ' Joe the Plumber is now Joe the congressional candidate.
The Ohioan who became an overnight sensation during the 2008 presidential campaign has filed paperwork to run for Congress.
Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher's (WUR'-zuhl-bahk-kurz) statement of candidacy filed with the Federal Elections Commission last week says he intends to run as a Republican in Ohio's ninth U.S. House district.
The incumbent is Marcy Kaptur, the longest serving Democratic woman in the House.
Wurzelbacher rose from obscurity in 2008 after questioning then-candidate Barack Obama about economic policies, leading Republican Sen. John McCain to repeatedly cite "Joe the Plumber" in a debate with the Democrat.
Republicans in northern Ohio said over the summer they were recruiting Wurzelbacher to run.
The filing means a campaign committee can raise and spend funds on Wurzelbacher's behalf.