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‘Joe the Plumber’ Puts Down the Plunger, Heads to Israel

“Joe the Plumber” won’t be unclogging any toilets, at least not while war is raging in Gaza. Samuel J. Wurzelbacher — the Ohio plumber and would-be country music star who became a fixture of John McCain’s presidential campaign — is heading to Israel for 10 days as a war reporter for the conservative Web site Pajamas TV. There will be no pretense of objectivity. CNN reports:

“The famous plumber will be focusing on the Israeli perspective on the situation. ‘It’s tragic, I mean it really is,’ Wurzelbacher told CNN affiliate WNWO ‘I don’t say that in any little way. It’s very tragic, but at the same time what are the Israeli people supposed to do.’

Wurzelbacher told WNWO he’s not worried about the potential dangers of his new gig. ‘Being a Christian I’m pretty well protected by God I believe. That’s not saying he’s going to stop a mortar for me, but you gotta take the chance,’ he told the CNN affiliate.”

One of the last times Wurzelbacher spoke publicly about the Jewish State — specifically in regard to Barack Obama’s positions on it — he was taken to task by Fox News’s Shepard Smith.

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