A trainwreck of an interview that proved "Joe" the Plumber hasn't really evolved from his homophobia won't get GOProud down. The conservative "gay" group and "Joe" have released a joint statement in an attempt to mute some of the harsh reaction from the "liberal media" today. Read it, after the jump!
Reads GOProud/"Joe"'s joint statement:
"The left and their friends in the main stream media don't want to talk about the issue most Americans in this country today care about -- jobs. Instead, they want a culture war. They want a culture war because they cannot defend this President's record of failure when it comes to creating jobs and growing our economy. They hope to cynically distract Americans to protect President Obama and his liberal allies in Congress in November. The bottom line is that whether you are gay or straight, black or white, male or female, conservative or liberal, what matters most in these tough economic times is leadership in Washington that will work to create jobs for all Americans."
"Joe" released his own statement following the CNN mess, too:
"This is just more games from the liberal media, who want to try to attack me and distract from the issues that matter to most Americans. I showed this morning that I will not back down to the pressure from national liberal spokesmen, and I will not be distracted from my focus of creating jobs in Northern Ohio.
"I am not a career politician and I certainly do not speak like one, but I want everyone to know that I believe in treating every American, gay or straight, with decency and respect."
Actually, "Joe," I'm sure the "queers" in Ohio whom you hope to represent as a U.S. Congressman do actually care whether or not you still believe they need to be kept away from your children.
He didn't want dirty homosezzuals around his kids in 2009, but now that he's running for U.S. Congress (and winning) and backed by GOProud, how does "Joe" the Plumber (Government name: Samuel Werzelbacher) feel about gays these days?
It took a few tries, but after Werzelbacher accused Zoraida Sambolin of going all "National Enquirer" on him for asking him about his previous homophobic statements, "Joe" responded, “They want to paint someone as a bigot – I don’t hate people,” he said. “I am working for everybody.”
"I have spoke with Jimmy O'Salvia over at GOProud and he and I have an agreement that I'm gonna work towards all Americans, homosexuals, straight, they want jobs," he added. "That's what it comes down to. I'm allowed to have my opinions as an American, but it seems like the left becomes very intolerant when you have an opinion other than what they state."
When Sambolin pressed on about his anti-gay attitudes, "Joe" continued to appear flustered.
"Have you changed your positions on this at all?” Sambolin asked.
“So this is TMZ, this isn’t CNN, is what you’re saying,” Wurzelbacher replied. “Of course it’s CNN. These are things that you said, that I would like to know if you still stand by them or if you have changed your positions on them. Listen, in my dictionary, and everyone’s dictionary in 1970s, the word queer did mean strange and unusual. There was no slur to it. Do you challenge that? Come on, you’re trying to do a ‘gotcha’ moment, it’s quite obvious.”
"Joe" won his GOP primary on Tuesday in Ohio. Scary. And GOProud supports this man?!