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‘Joe the Plumber’ confirmed for Avon tea party event Saturday

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., his daughter, Meghan, wife Cindy, and Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” appear at Lorain County Community College during a campaign stop in October 2008. (Chronicle file photo)

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., his daughter, Meghan, wife Cindy, and Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” appear at Lorain County Community College during a campaign stop in October 2008. (Chronicle file photo)

AVON — Organizers for the Tea Party Express rally scheduled for Saturday at All Pro Freight Stadium have confirmed one guest they hope will help draw a crowd — Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber.”

Randy Newman, leader of the Lorain County 47th Tea Party, said the man made famous by his questioning of President Barack Obama has committed to be part of the event.
Wurzelbacher, who is reportedly weighing a run against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, will join former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Victoria Jackson, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is expected to challenge U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, in 2012, and others at the event. Wurzelbacher was last in Lorain County with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a stop in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Those organizing the event, which include several other local tea party groups, are still trying to convince one of the Republican presidential candidates to commit to an appearance Saturday as well, Newman said.

High on their list, he said, are U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, U.S. Rep, Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., and businessman Herman Cain. Most of the other tea party favorites in the race have commitments elsewhere, Newman said. He said that the list of those who will appear has not yet been finalized.

All Pro Freight Stadium, home to the Lake Erie Crushers minor league baseball team, can hold up to 5,000 people and Newman said organizers are hopeful they’ll get that many.

At minimum, he said, they expect 2,000 attendees.

The event, which will run 4 to 7 p.m. will be free and open to the public, organizers have said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.