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  GOP says Joe the Plumber may challenge Kaptur in '12
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Aug 24, 2011 03:31pm
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AuthorTONY COOK
News DateWednesday, August 24, 2011 11:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionJoe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, is considering a run against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur in 2012, according to Republican Party sources.

Jon Stainbrook, chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party, said there is "high-level interest in the national Republican Party" in a potential Wurzelbacher candidacy.

"We are encouraging Joe to run," Mr. Stainbrook said. "He hasn't made any official decision yet."

Chris Maloney, spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party, said a candidate like Mr. Wurzelbacher would have strong fund-raising capabilities thanks to national recognition he received during the 2008 presidential campaign, but added such star power would have to be weighed against the advantages of experience that someone like a state legislator could bring to the race.

Mr. Wurzelbacher wouldn't confirm or deny a congressional run. "I think it's a very interesting idea," he said Tuesday. "That's as much as I can say."

One GOP source put the chances of Mr. Wurzelbacher running against Miss Kaptur at "90 percent."
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