Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, once the prominent “working-class” face of Sen. John McCain’s failed 2008 president campaign, announced Sunday that he wouldn’t stump for the man who made him a national hero, saying that McCain has failed in his duties as senator to protect the country’s border.
The announcement comes on the heels of a visit by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to McCain’s home state, where she purportedly upstage the septuagenarian senator. Fox News has more:
In an interview with FoxNews.com, Wurzelbacher said he was used as a “political tool” during McCain’s presidential run and faulted the fourth-term senator for what he described as a weak stance on immigration and border security.
“It’s supposed to be a closed border. Why don’t you uphold the law instead of trying to change it?” he said. “McCain’s been a senator for a long time and he’s failed in his duties.”
Wurzelbacher, who appeared at a tea party rally of 400 conservative activists in Phoenix on Sunday, said he won’t be backing anyone in the Arizona senate race. “I don’t want to cloud the issue and create a lot of drama,” he said.
McCain, who is seeking a fifth term, is locked in a close race with former congressman and radio talk show host J.D. Hayworth, a favorite among many tea party voters.
Wurzelbacher rose to fame in 2008 after he confronted then-candidate Barack Obama over taxes. He soon became a familiar face at Republican rallies, stumping for McCain and his running mate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.