Amanda Carpenter
A bunch of reporters camped outside Plumber Joe's house today. Here's the partial transcript from the impromptu press conference wheres their reporter drilled him about his party affiliations, upbringing and family. Sorry for the long post, but I think it's neccessary to show how deeply the reporter was pressing Joe. Joe even told the reporter he was "beat" and asked if "this was national" and the reporter just kept on going.

REPORTER: When you registered with the Natural Law Party, what were you thinking then?

WURZELBACHER: We've been there, brother, come on now.

 REPORTER: It's a registered political party.

WURZELBACHER: I've been telling you, I don't really remember and you're going on. I mean really?

REPORTER: Fine, so you don't remember registering?

WURZELBACHER: I told you that, right?

REPORTER: but you didn't know what they represented or something?

WURZELBACHER: Okay. well -- none of this is national, is it?

REPORTER: What is the biggest issue for you?

WURZELBACHER: I have a lot of issues. Personally, then as far as the country. the biggest issue, I don't know if there's a biggest issue.

REPORTER: What do you hope nor your son's future?

WURZELBACHER: Not to have to pay $10 trillion back. I mean come on now. Social Security is a joke. I have parents. I don't need another set of parents called the government. You know, let me take my money and invest it how I please. Social Security, I've never believed it, I don't like it I hate that it's forced on me. You know, as far as for my son, I want him to live in america that he's proud of, I'm tired of people doubting america. saying that we're the bad country. I mean that upsets me and my friends greatly. you know, we are the greatest country in the world. Stop apologizing for it. I mean really, I get real mad about that I'm not sorry for being american. I'm not sorry for having the things i have. I've worked for them. I'm not sorry their I wish our borders were closed and you have to come through in a legal manner. I'm not sorry for any of those things, I'm not sorry that we're in Iraq. My friend notice military that come back and have told me the thanks that they've received for us being there. It doesn't get enough play. We've liberated another country. freedom, things that every one of you guys take for credit -- take for granted. Everything that Americans take for granted, these guys haven't had it, now they've got that's an incredible thing. That's almost, I don't know if you are Christians or not, but that's like somebody coming to Jesus and being saved. These guys have freedom. Our guys here that are poverty stricken have cell phones. Those people over there, they have one pair of pants and a shirt. You know, what we've done over there is an incredible thing. Has it kept us safe? Absolutely. I believe in that 100%. Wmds or not, I don't care, we took the fight to them, we've done a pretty good job there. Could have done better? Yeah, sure, but It's easy being an arm chair quarterback. Hindsight they say is 20/20. I call it x-ray vision. So i'm like i said, proud of our military and proud what we've done over there. so that's pretty much the main thing there....

REPORTER: Not to hammer this too much, but being local, we're curious what your ties are here. I know we talked about it a little bit. where you were born and all that kind of stuff?

WURZELBACHER: I was born here. Toledo hospital. No, I'm sorry, St. Charles. I only found that out when I was 18. I thought i was born in the South and raised southern. I found out I was born in toledo. That took me back for a second. Raised down south in Florida. We called it L.A., lower Alabama. ...

REPORTER: Your family is from here?

WURZELBACHER: Yeah, for the most part.

REPORTER: Was your dad born here?

WURZELBACHER: He's actually from cincinnati.

REPORTER: That's where you get the bengals from.

WURZELBACHER : Yes.

REPORTER: Then you came back six years ago. who else is still here?

WURZELBACHER: My mom and dad are still here. I have aunts and uncles out in point place. so i've got a pretty good family here. we're all real close. We're together just about every other weekend during the summer having a barbecue somewhere....

REPORTER: If you say you'll be here for a long time, you anticipate taking over the business, would you ever run for office locally?

WURZELBACHER: You know, it sounds cool. but I really don't know what that entails. I don't know what kind of sacrifices would have to be made. I'm bagging on the politicians a little bit, but there are sacrifices they make and I don't know what all that entails. I'm sure it's difficult to a degree.

REPORTER: Do you think county commissioner?

WURZELBACHER: I have no thoughts on that at all right now. I'm just happy being a plumber. I'm about beat. what's that?

WURZELBACHER: You know, i'm still warm from my workout earlier.

REPORTER: Do you think senator mccain will stop by your house?

WURZELBACHER: I asked the campaign if he would....

REPORTER: They haven't reached out to you since this started?

WURZELBACHER: They called me and asked me to attend one of their rally's, but I'll be in new york over the weekend, so I haven't.

REPORTER: Have you seen Kevin Costner's ""swing vote""?

WURZELBACHER: I haven't seen that movie yet. I'm too busy working.

REPORTER: What does your wife or girlfriend think about all this?

WURZELBACHER: I don't have one, so I couldn't tell you.

 REPORTER: What about your boy?

 WURZELBACHER: My son is excited. He's jacked. He got to do a couple of interviews this morning. He and his friend, I imagine that's cool being 13 and saying you're on tv and your friends are seeing you. So my son is really, really happy about it. That's about the extent of that. all right, you guys are done. Thank you, guys, I really appreciate it.

 



Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter is the author of “The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Clinton,” published in October 2006.
 
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