Brian Bull, reporter/producer for WCPN-90.3-FM, Ideastream/Cleveland Public Radio, spoke to Wurzelbacher Wednesday afternoon.
Here's what Brian reported to me:
"He said he never confirmed that debate, and that it unfortunately didn’t work with his schedule. He was driving around 'north of Oak Harbor' on some back roads, trying to drop off signs and visit locals to promote his campaign. He said that he’ll be debating Kaptur in Toledo on Oct. 26th, and at something he called the CHIPS event on the 17th, when Renacci and Jordan are also there facing their opponents."
The forum on the 26th will be a joint production of WTVG-TV-13 and The Blade.
Looks like Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher is passing up the chance to appear in what may be the most prestigious candidate forum in Ohio tomorrow.
The City Club of Cleveland has a debate scheduled for noon Thursday but Wurzelbacher (R., Springfield Township) has not responded to the invitation, while U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) has.
Granted, it's not Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan, but maybe the voters of the 9th Congressional District would have some interest in hearing Wurzelbacher defend, or stand up for, his conservative positions.
According to Kaptur spokesman Steve Fought, "He backed out. Man up, Plumber."
"We will gladly leave a ticket in his name at the door," Fought added.
I left messages for Wurzelbacher and his spokesman Phil Christofanelli.
Wurzelbacher's campaign never really gained a high profile, and Wurzelbacher has turned down several invitations to appear on the same platform with Kaptur.
Here's the link to the city club Web site: http://www.cityclub.org/Default.aspx?tabid=256&id=15679