Joe the Plumber Gets Protested in Pittsburgh
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka Ã¢â‚¬Å“Joe the Plumber,Ã¢â‚¬Â� was recently tapped by the anti-labor group Americans for Prosperity to shill against the Employee Free Choice Act. Americans for Prosperity spokesperson Mary Ellen Burke said that Wurzelbacher was chosen because Ã¢â‚¬Å“he represents the American workerÃ¢â‚¬Â� and is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“role model.Ã¢â‚¬Â� At a rally yesterday near Pittsburgh, PA, Wurzelbacher received a chilly welcome from many residents Ã¢â‚¬â€� especially union members:
Two Green Tree police officers broke up several arguments to prevent fights in the midst of a crowd of about 150 packed inside a Radisson ballroom. The crowd was divided about evenly between union members and opponents of the so-called Ã¢â‚¬Å“card checkÃ¢â‚¬Â� bill. No one was arrested.
Wurzelbacher, in a flannel shirt, T-shirt and jeans, drew some of the loudest rebukes from union members, who booed and jeered him for not having a plumberÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s license in his native Ohio.