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Kaptur Beats Kucinich, Will Face ‘Joe the Plumber’

**Correction Appended**

After Kaptur beat Kucinich, “Joe the Plumber” will now face the veteran Democrat in the fall. – Politico

The man Barack Obama made famous in 2008 (see the video above), who became the bane of John McCain’s existence, is now a serious candidate for Congress.

Joe Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber” squeaked out a win, while “Mean Jean” Schmidt, the woman who dared to call Jack Murtha a “coward” on the House floor, lost. Good riddance to her.

Marcy Kaptur will be his opponent and as Dennis Kucinich can now attest, she’s as tough a campaigner as you’re going to find.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, though I’ve never seen her on the ground, is one of the most potent political messengers I’ve ever seen on television. Her blue collar appeal and talent for talking issues, stripping them down so the stakes are understood, is remarkable.

However, Marcy Kaptur was a prime proponent and pusher of the Stupak Amendment, with her religiosity making her part of the anti-women’s freedom Democratic caucus.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who is undecided on the health care vote, said she is urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to hold a separate vote reaffirming Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-Mich.) strict language limiting abortion insurance coverage to help clear the way for passage of the reform package Sunday. – Roll Call

This race is going to make terrific cable fodder.

In other congressional race news, Chellie Pingree has taken a pass on running for the Senate, but will run for re-election in the House. Popular Independent former Gov. Angus King decided to run for Sen. Olympia Snowe’s seat, with the likelihood that he’ll caucus with Democrats one reason not to run. Why lose Pingree in the House when you can “win” with an Independent getting 2 for the price of 1?

CORRECTION: Marcy Kaptur beat Dennis Kucinich, Jean Schmidt lost to Cincinnati Mayoral candidate Brad Wenstrup. Joe Wurzelbacher came close to losing to Steve Kraus. Kaptur will now face Wurzelbacher. Title and edit done to reflect this.

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6 Responses to Kaptur Beats Kucinich, Will Face ‘Joe the Plumber’

  1. fangio March 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    This is what I mean about the American voter;  they elect a woman who has been there forever and a conservative democrat to boot.  It’s as if everything that has happened over the last four years never happened.  They all say they hate congress but god for bid they should try someone new.  Look at the choice they have now.  Maybe they deserve it.

  2. Sandmann March 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    One of the most surreal moments in politics for me was watching Rep. Kaptur tell people to squat in their homes after the economy dropped out in 2008.


  3. jjamele March 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Um, “Joe the Plumber” did not beat Schmidt.  That was a different district in Ohio.  Schmidt was beaten, but by another tea partier.  Wurzlebacher or whatever his name is will face Kaptur, but he did not beat Schmidt to win the GOP primary.

  4. Art Pronin March 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Pingree is a heartbreaker. Hell so we are just giving this thing up to Guv King bc he polls a bit better than Pingree? He is a social liberal but a fiscalconservative and we know that means alot vodoo crap. Interesting how its Pingree who gets the push and not King! Pingree had no assist from the pumbahs on this. The est I think didnt really like the idea of the head of the anti war caucus in the Sen cuz that would cramp up Harry’s style. So voters in ME are cheated out of any choice- unless a progressive jumps in this.

    Schumer better have gotten a ironclad deal with King for all this.

    • Art Pronin March 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      TM- headline is incorrect- Joe the Plummer didnt beat Mean Jean. Mean Jean got beat by some tea bagger and Joe won GOP nom to take on Kaptur.

  5. Cujo359 March 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    So, let’s see, the “honest” progressive who decided that a fake health care reform bill was better than none lost to a woman who never seems to miss a chance to pretend she’s a progressive and then vote otherwise.

    Oh, well.

    Kinda agree with Art Pronin about Chellie Pingree. I read somewhere that it’s possible that Pingree’s friendship with King was the deciding factor. Don’t know if that’s true, but either way we’re just going to get another faux-progressive in the Senate, assuming the Republican nominee doesn’t win.

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