"Average Joes" Who Were Thrust Onto the Political Stage

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  • Richard Hayes, Mitt Romney
  • Sandra Fluke
  • Velma Hart, Barack Obama
  • Joseph Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber, Barack Obama, John McCain

Richard Hayes

Richard Hayes is a sanitation worker who picks up trash at Mitt Romney's home in La Jolla, California. Hayes appeared in a web series in August where he described himself and workers like him as "the invisible people" who would allegedly fall through the cracks under a Romney administration.

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