Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, more commonly known as "Joe The Plumber" for his role in the 2008 presidential campaign, won the endorsement of Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) in his bid for Congress in Ohio.

In a campaign video posted Thursday by Wurzelbacher, West says, "One of the great things about Joe is that he represents the genuineness of the American people. Someone who has served in the military, and now is trying to answer the call to serve at a greater level."

He adds, "I look forward to Joe being a colleague of mine in Washington, D.C."

Wurzelbacher is running in a heavily Democratic district against longtime Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who beat Rep. Dennis Kucinich after the two were forced to run against each other because of GOP-led redistricting.

West recently alleged that members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus -- which Kaptur is a member of -- were communists.

"I believe there's about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It's called the Congressional Progressive Caucus," he said at a recent town hall event.

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