A Real Joe the Plumber Plugs BP Well

By: Sunday July 18, 2010 7:00 pm

It turns out that the design of the new cap system that has temporarily plugged the blown out BP oil well in the Gulf was submitted (initially anonymously) by Joe Caldart, a plumber in St. Francis, Kansas.


Meet Joe the REAL Plumber

By: Friday October 17, 2008 1:00 pm

Sen. John McCain, meet Joe the plumber. Unlike Samuel Wurzelbacher, Joe’s given name is…Joe.

And, unlike Wurzelbacher, he’s a licensed plumber.

Joe Moenck, a plumber in Zumbrota, Minn., is a member of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) Local 6—which, like all building and construction trades unions, has high professional standards for its members—such as making sure they hold a license to practice their craft.

Moenck was dismayed to see McCain repeatedly trot out “Joe the Plumber” during this week’s presidential debate with Sen. Barack Obama.

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