This is just too funny. From CNN:
McCain aides had said that Joe Wurzelbacher, also known as Joe the Plumber, would appear with the Republican presidential candidate at his first campaign event in Defiance, Ohio.
“Joe’s with us today. Joe, where are you? Where’s Joe? Is Joe here with us today? Joe, I thought you were here today,” McCain said during the rally.
A campaign aide later said Wurzelbacher had “decided not to come” and may join McCain later Thursday.
But reached at home, Wurzelbacher said it was “news to him” that he was supposed to be at the McCain rally. Wurzelbacher said nobody from the McCain campaign confirmed he was attending the event and called the incident a “miscommunication.”
Contacted by CNN a second time, Wurzelbacher said the campaign only called him to confirm after the event in question already took place.
Wurzelbacher also said he had gotten an initial call about coming to the morning rally, “but no one called back to confirm,” and he was “not happy” that McCain had called out his name and he wasn’t there.
He said he would try to meet up with McCain later Thursday. McCain’s schedule calls for events in Sandusky, Elyria and Mentor, Ohio.
Wurzelbacher later complained that he didn’t like how he had been “rolled out” by the McCain campaign, and from now on he’d be “going rogue,” speaking directly to the media, ignoring his handlers and watching out for his own aspirations. Influential conservatives planned a meeting for November 15 to decide how to proceed with the GOP. Despite Wurzelbacher’s rollercoaster ride, lack of a license and revelations that wardrobe purchases totaling more than $150 were made for him by the McCain camp, conservatives conceded that he clearly represents the future of the party.