Rich Lowry, a relatively well-known conservative writer and editor of National Review, the conservative movement's flagship magazine, did not write Herman Cain's "9-9-9" economic plan. Rich Lowrie, a little-known Wells Fargo wealth manager in Cleveland, Ohio, did.
As a result of this little coincidence, Lowry has suffered a few cases of mistaken identity this week.
Ever since Cain dropped the name of the economic adviser at the presidential debate on Tuesday, Lowry has had to fend off questions about the former Godfather's Pizza CEO's catchy-sounding plan to replace the tax code with a three nine percent taxes on income.
"There was some confusion on Twitter," Lowry said. "People asking me whether I really wrote the plan."
It hasn't been that bad so far, he said, but in an attempt to make a joke about it the other night, Lowry accidentally made matters worse.
"Yes, credit for 999 goes to me," Lowry proclaimed on Twitter. "You're welcome Herman Cain."
Not everyone got the joke.
"Someone tweeted me yesterday saying, 'you really have to recuse yourself from coverage of this campaign,' " Lowry said.
As for Lowry's thoughts on Cain's policy idea, he's not a huge fan.
"If I really had anything to do with it, I would have suggested an '8-8-8' Plan," he said. "I have my doubts about the 999 Plan, but I also have a soft spot for anyone named Rich Lowry."
Lowry also said he plans to give Lowrie a call sometime soon to chat about it.
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