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|"Joe the Plumber" Endorses Schilling
|He likes his plainspoken style. That's why an unlikely political figure thanks to the last Presidential campaign is endorsing the Republican trying to win a Congressional seat primarily held over the last several decades by Democrats.
"Joe the Plumber" made an appearance over the weekend in rural Mercer County at a fundraiser for 17th District Congressional Candidate Bobby Schilling. The man whose real name is Joe Wurzelbacher says he talked a lot with Schilling prior to the endorsement, and does a lot of serious vetting before he comes out in support of any candidate.
Wurzelbacher tells WGIL he's not endorsing Schilling because he's a Republican.
"He wants to do his best to make America better," Schilling said. "I want to take my notoriety, and if 100 more people, or 50 more people, or even 10 more people showed up (at the polls) that wouldn't have, then I've done my job. I just want to get people out here so they can learn about Bobby and what he's about."
Wurzelbacher says just because he endorses a candidate, he's not going to tell you to vote for one because, like him, voters need to make up their own minds.
Schilling says nonetheless, he feels Joe the Plumber's endorsement will help send him to victory over incumbent Phil Hare in the fall.
The Schilling campaign estimates over 200 people attended Schilling's Saturday night fundraiser.
(Bobby Schilling's fundraiser Saturday was held at the Big Red Barn outside New Windsor.)
("Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher answers reporters' questions Saturday night as candidate Bobby Schilling looks on.)
(Wurzelbacher and Schilling talk Saturday night with John Arrington, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate during the recent primary election. WGIL News Story and photos by Will Stevenson.)
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