Wurzelbacher In April: "I Pray To God I Won't" Run For Congress

October 28, 2011 9:30 am ET — Julia Krieger

Samuel "Joe The Plumber" Wurzelbacher formally announced his intention to run for the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, but when Political Correction caught up with him in April, Wurzelbacher sounded much more averse to the idea of pursuing higher office. "I pray to God I won't," he said. "I mean that very specifically." Likening Washington, D.C. to some of his worst plumbing jobs, Wurzelbacher said, "I prayed to him, I said, 'God, you know, I don't want to run.'... Now, if God says, 'Joe,' you know, 'I want you to do it,' then I'll do it, but I'll do it because that's what God, you know, that's what prayer has led me to believe."

PC: So, are you going to run for office?

WURZELBACHER: I pray to God I won't. And I mean that very specifically. You know, a lot of your audience, if they're atheists, they don't believe in God, whatever, they won't understand this but I'm a praying man. I talk to God and yes, he does answer me. He's not sitting there going "Joe!" No, he answers me through prayer. I prayed to him, I said, "God, you know, I don't want to run." I don't want to be around this disgusting — you know, I'm a plumber. I've been covered in some pretty nasty stuff, right? Lots in my life. I feel dirtier when I leave this city than any plumbing job I've ever had. Because they made a mockery of our founding fathers and the ideals and principles this country was built upon. And so I have a problem with it. Now, if God says, "Joe," you know, "I want you to do it," then I'll do it, but I'll do it because that's what God, you know, that's what prayer has led me to believe. But it's not something I seek after. I'll tell you what. You guys wanna know the secret to life?

PC: Yes.

WURZELBACHER: This is the secret of life. And it's not, you know, Billy Crystal and Curly in "City Slickers," you know, it's not just this one thing, it's keep it simple, stupids. That is the secret of life.


Clearly, a lot can change in six months. Back then, Wurzelbacher was a speaker at a conference hosted by FAIR, an anti-immigrant hate group that has received funding from a well-known eugenics promoter. At the time, Wurzelbacher mused about the presidential field, telling Political Correction that he respects Herman Cain for calling out Planned Parenthood as an organization based on eugenics. He also praised Cain for saying he would not appoint a person of Muslim faith to his cabinet. Now that Wurzelbacher is officially seeking political office, here's a look at what he would represent for Ohio's 9th District. 

Watch (transcript below the fold):

Of course, Wurzelbacher's claim that Planned Parenthood has an agenda to "get rid of [the] black race" is false, but it is an old chestnut of the anti-choice movement. Wurzelbacher may want to check in with Cain again as well, as it appears he's still supporting him even though his original reasons for doing so are moot: Cain now says he regrets his anti-Muslim comments and has apologized to the Muslim community.


PC: Do you endorse anybody as of yet, or like anyone for president?

WURZELBACHER: I like two people.

PC: Who?

WURZELBACHER: I like Herman Cain. Uh, because he speaks his mind.

PC: All right.

WURZELBACHER: You know, he put it out there about Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger and the fact that she was in the eugenics with Francis Galton and that Planned Parenthood attacks — focuses on minority groups, wants to get rid of [the] black race — when they first started out? All facts. You know, not right wing conspiracy. You know, she was on the board, Francis Golden, a lot of the board members from eugenics, early eugenics in that early or late 1800s coming into the 1900s, were on the Planned Parenthood board. So, you know, that being said, it's not hard to sit there and extract what the truth was.

PC: Right.

WURZELBACHER: Um, you know, Herman puts that out there, he's not afraid. I love that. You know, he doesn't want Muslims on his cabinet, he wants Americans. He doesn't want anybody who likes Sharia law. What's wrong with saying something like that? I mean, I want Americans representing me. And I, you know, so I like Herman.