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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Not Your Everyday Joe

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 11:06:56 AM EST
    Tags: Samuel J Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber, Ohio's Ninth Congressional District, Holland in Ohio, Nancy Kaptur, Dennis Kucinich, working class guy with integrity (all tags)

    ~ Promoted because Joe W is a heck of a guy. ~

    I realize that this is supposed to be a Michigan-centric blogsite, but since the congressional district in question includes Lucas County (specifically including the Toledo Strip), and since I'm still convinced that Michigan got the short end of the stick on that deal, I consider this technically a Michigan issue.

    We all remember the now-famous ABC footage from a certain Ohio suburb on an October afternoon three years ago, in which a certain businessman asked a certain presidential candidate a question, the answer to which exposed the candidate as the socialist that he is.  We also remember how the left went all roto-rooter on the businessman in the following weeks, some of it involving "improper access of personal information" on various government databases, for having the temerity to call that candidate out on the record.

    Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher's been a fairly busy man since that time.  The Wikipedia article mentions only the highlights of the past three years, but suffice it that he's become quite popular with the nationwide tea party movement.  (I had the pleasure of meeting him in both Lansing and Petoskey.)  Typically, the leftist elites have kept a mud-slinging campaign handy, and they fire off a salvo every time he's received any high-profile media attention.  As I've recently become fond of observing, that's S.O.P. for the elites and establishment bluebloods every time they're confronted by someone who, by his very presence in the political arena, is a threat to their continued hold on power.

    Not exactly a surprise, then, that within eight hours of filing his intention to run (Friday, October 7th), the mainstream media (including the more well-known liberal blogsites) had already cranked out 438 stories on the topic of Joe's potential congressional run, the majority of them structured as hit pieces, or in a manner that will facilitate later hit pieces.

    As far as I've been able to tell, though, a grand total of one legitimate issue has been raised.  (Apparently, a republican stranglehold majority totally screwing up redistricting opportunities is a recurring problem in this country.)  That issue keys on the potentially chaotic reality of the 2011 reapportionment map of Ohio's congressional districts being headed for a potential ballot-box showdown.  (The Cleveland Scene, the Toledo Blade, and WKSU, among others, provide some coverage.)

    And why that matters is that Joe's current hometown of Holland, Ohio, is currently located within the proposed 5th District, instead of the proposed 9th District.  As Marilou Johanek of the Toledo Blade points out in an op-ed piece, if the proposed districts stand as drawn, then Wurzelbacher will have effectively filed to mount a primary challenge to Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) instead of squaring off against the winner of a Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) - Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) primary contest.

    I talked with Joe about that earlier today, and his response was:

    In the state of Ohio, according to the state constitution, as long as you've been a resident of the state for at least one year, then you can run for any seat in the state, regardless of where you live.  The incumbents (Kaptur and Kucinich), don't live in the redrawn district either, but once all the dust settles, we all may live in that district.  I'm not happy about the redistricting, because it hurts everyone in office at every level, and I do believe that the republicans overstepped their bounds, but I think that we have more important things to focus on than quibbling over a map.

    So that's where it stands.  The official campaign kick-off announcement will be made this evening at Tony Packos' Café in Toledo.  From the campaign press release:

    Wurzelbacher filed as a candidate in the 9th District earlier this month.  His campaign has been in an exploratory phase since that time, gauging their level of support across the district.  "Good people just haven't been stepping up to run in these important races.  I want to prove that regular people can run, win, and keep their integrity intact."  Wurzelbacher will continue to weigh his options over the next week.

    Mr. Wurzelbacher will be inviting a broad range of constituents from all over district to attend. There will also be a brief question and answer period.  Which will be followed by a live cyber Town Hall Meeting with thousands of concerned Americans in attendance online.

    Of course, Joe's campaign website is already live, and if you'd like, then you're free to donate as much as you'd like (within campaign finance limits).  Of course, as you'd expect, this is probably going to be a national-profile race - just because it's Joe - so any help we can send his way is a good thing.

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