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MICHAEL MUSKAL, Los Angeles Times

TOLEDO, Ohio – Samuel Wurzelbacher, who as “Joe the Plumber” became a conservative star in the 2008 presidential campaign by confronting then-candidate Barack Obama, has been elected a Republican Party committeeman in Toledo.

Wurzelbacher was elevated by Republicans as the symbol of middle-class America confronting the policies of the Democrats, especially on taxes. The name Joe the Plumber became a rallying cry at Republican rallies as the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket sought to ignite its base.

Wurzelbacher was elected as a GOP committeeman, one of 400 who oversee the GOP in northwestern Ohio’s Lucas County. He won his spot by a 38-23 vote Tuesday in his suburban Toledo precinct.


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