Digital News Report- Joe the Plumber (aka Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher) is headed to Israel in his first ever gig as a journalist. Since Joe became a hot topic during the 2008 Presidential election, he has outlined plans to run for congress in 2010, become a spokesperson for digital converter boxes, founded a non-profit watchdog website, and written a book. Rumors have also circulated about a possible record deal. This time he’ll be spending 10-days in Israel for the conservative Web site pjtv.com
Joe became famous when he met with President-elect Barack Obama on the campaign trail during a meet and greet in his neighborhood. He asked Obama some pointed questions about his tax plan, which John McCain then used in the third Presidential debate. Joe the Plumber quickly became a household name, as well as the butt of many jokes on late night television.
Joe later joined John McCain on the campaign trail, where at one stop he stated that he felt Obama would be the death of Israel. He told WNWO-TV in Toledo that he wants to let Israel’s “‘Average Joes’ share their story.”