- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It’s official: Joe the Plumber supports Herman the Pizza Guy.

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who as “Joe the Plumber” became a household name and late-night comedy fodder after Barack Obama and John McCain used his name 11 times in their final debate, is standing behind GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain even as the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO faces criticism on the campaign trail for a string of recent comments.

On his Twitter account (@JoeWurzelbacher) Tuesday, Mr. Wurzelbacherpraised Mr. Cain for telling The Washington Times this week that he would attack Iran if it “mess[es] with Israel”: “Our ‘Leadership’ has been pussyfootin around Iran for far too long. We need a Strong leader,” he tweeted.

On Sunday, he seconded Mr. Cain’s statement on “Fox News Sunday” that communities should be allowed to ban mosques: “I stand 100% behind Mr. Herman Cain on this issue. Thomas Jefferson knew this ‘Religion’ was dangerous.”

Mr. Cain has said he had been in touch with Mr. Wurzelbacher more than a year ago when he was contemplating entering the GOP contest.

Politico reported last week that Mr. Cain’s second-quarter campaign expense report listed a $10,000 payment to Mr. Wurzelbacher for “events.” A spokesman for Mr. Cain said the payments were for speaking fees.

The tweets can be seen at https://twitter.com/#!/JoeWurzelbacher/status/93441708318130176 and https://twitter.com/#!/JoeWurzelbacher/status/92681004082401280.

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