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October 28, 2008

Bob Schaffer related to Joe the Plumber

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

The Rocky Mountain News is reporting today that the most famous plumber in America, Joe Wurzelbacher, is distantly related to Bob, the Republican Senate candidate from Colorado:

Joseph Wurzelbacher, the now-famous Ohio plumber referenced by Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the last presidential debate, has a family connection to GOP Senate candidate Bob Schaffer. But before anyone starts requesting autographs, know this: Neither Schaffer nor his wife, Maureen, have met Joe.

The Schaffers are natives of the Cincinnati area. Since Joe came to light, Schaffer has found out that Wurzelbacher is a distant cousin of Maureen's father, who also happens to be a plumber.

The topic came up as Schaffer shook hands with campaign volunteers at a Lakewood phone bank Monday afternoon. When one volunteer jokingly asked him: "Are you Joe the Plumber?", Schaffer responded that he wasn't but that Joe was in his in-laws' clan of the same name.

"I knew there were a bunch of Wurzelbachers out there ...(but)I thought 'How many could there be?'," he said.

For his part, Wurzelbacher has said he is considering his own Congressional campaign. But it would be a daunting task in his district, currently represented by Democrat Marcy Kaptur. The district has been a Democratic stronghold, giving John Kerry 59 percent of the vote in 2004.