Remember Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher from the last rodeo? He’s the guy from Toledo that got his fifteen minutes as a campaign prop for John McCain in 2008. Well, he’s running for Congress from Ohio against Marcy Kaptur (D), the longest-serving woman in Congress. But the enthusiasm he generated from the Tea Party and the Palinistas four years ago has faded, and his campaign is running on fumes.
Reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show Mr. Wurzelbacher (R., Springfield Township) raised $39,678 in the third quarter this year and $365,784 for the race so far. Miss Kaptur (D.,Toledo) raised $208,139 in the same quarter and a total of $968,159 in the 2012 election contest so far. As of Sept. 30, she had $245,269 in cash left in her campaign account.
[…]Mr. Wurzelbacher has reported total expenditures of $357,810 for the campaign, including three $5,000 monthly salary payments to himself, on July 2, July 31, and Sept. 4. His report also shows a debt of $7,013 to the Detroit law firm Clark Hill for “legal services.”
Maybe he can be a guest star on Sarah Palin’s next reality show: Tales from the Dork Side.