Sunday, January 3, 2010

Best Story Ever: Joe The Plumber to Campaign for Verga

I hope you had a great New Year's celebration, and hopefully you've all recovered from whatever shenanigans might have occurred.

It's now time for the first 220 South blog post of 2010, and it's a doozie. From Southside Central, which said about all there is to say about this story--I'm not sure I can improve on it, so here goes:

Remember “Joe The Plumber”? He’s coming to Virginia to support a 5th District Candidate. This article is brought to you by the “We Can’t Make This Crap Up” Department.

Joseph Wurzelbacher is coming to Arch’s Frozen Yogurt in Charlottesville on Friday to help raise money for Laurence Verga. You can attend the reception for only $25 (!). But you want a “private signed photo session”, don’t you? Well, you’re in luck, folks! That’s all yours for the Low $ale of the Century price of just $50!

Verga (and the other candidates) are doing anything that they can to raise money, but this event is quite bizarre. Let’s take a look at the potential hilarity… C-List political celebrity, frozen yogurt shop, middle of January. Well, at least the frozen yogurt shop will have plenty of space inside to fit all of the people that flock to this one (at least 5, I’m guessing).

It would be a cold day in hell before I’d head to this fundraiser. But come to think of it, being in a frozen yogurt shop with Joe the Plumber in Charlottesville in the middle of January probably would be an apt description of a cold day in hell. :D

Hah, well said. I'm curious to see how this plays out for Verga, at least in the eyes of the teabaggers. Does Joe the Plumber still have any sort of resonance or credibility with the Republican base, and will those good vibes help the Vergmeister's street cred?

I have to hand Verga some props on this one--even if they don't raise a huge amount of money, it may be a smart move in terms of earned media coverage. I would bet Arch's will get a visit from at least a few Charlottesville stations, and if nothing else it shows that his staff is thinking creatively.

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