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Talking With Local "Joe Plumber"

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Thursday October 16, 2008

From Hockey Moms or the Obama Girl, everyday people have taken much of the spotlight on this long road to the White House.

At Wednesday night's debate, Ohio plumber Joe Wurzelbacher became the latest American to gain notoriety in this election.

"The guy who's a plumber," John McCain mentioned.

"The plumber, the nurse, the firefighter," Barack Obama proclaimed.

"Joe the Plumber and millions more like him," McCain said.

Joe Wurzelbacher isn't the only "Joe Plumber" concerned about his business this election season.

"I've had times when I've had a few trucks running and an employee at one time," says Hamilton Myers, owner of Hamilton Plumbing in Greene County. "[I've] since gone back to just me working out of the truck."

Myers has run his own plumbing business for eight years. He says his operation is smaller than the one Joe Wurzelbacher wants to buy.

"I'm not making near that much money," Myers says.

But he says he shares some of the same concerns held by Joe and other small businessmen across the country.

"Both candidates need to remember that when anybody's out working hard, they want to keep more of what they bring in," Myers explains.

He and his wife depend on their plumbing business to support they and their three young daughters. But, he says, business concerns aside, he and others like him are just as concerned about social issues in this campaign as they are about tax burden.

"As soon as we started talking about freedoms of speech or freedoms of religion or issues like that I think that those kinds of things would be a lot bigger than how much I'm going to be taxed," Myers says before adding, "even though that is a big, big issue."

As he considers who to vote for in two and a half weeks, Hamilton the Plumber says, the way he sees it, these candidates aren't all that different.

"They need to get money from Joe the Plumber and so they want to make Joe the Plumber and all of us feel like they care and I think that's kind of obvious with any politician."

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