Arizona State Sen. Lori Klein (R) held a fundraiser Friday night in Prescott, Ariz., featuring Ohio GOP congressional candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher, more commonly known as “Joe the Plumber” from the 2008 presidential campaign.
“I’m not worried about the news,” he said. “I’m just speaking like I want to speak,” adding that he didn’t care about being “politically correct.”
He was not.
“You know, for years, I’ve said, you know, ‘Put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting,’” he said. “I’m running for Congress, and that should be a bad thing to say. You know what, that’s how I feel. I’m not going to hide it because I’m running for an office. I want my borders protected. I’m very, very adamant about that.” (It’s at 28:18 of the clip, which comes from Prescott eNews. Full video below)
UPDATE: 7:05 p.m. — Rep. Marcy Kaptur, (D-Ohio), who is running against Wurzelbacher and heavily favored to win, condemned his comments. “Joe, the Plumber’s comments have no place in a civil society,” she said in a statement. “A Member of Congress is sworn to uphold the Constitution, not to take the law into his own hands. He should take back his words and apologize to everyone who respects life, the Constitution and the rule of law.”