Joe the Plumber Gets Elected Sam Wurzelbacher is no longer an outsider By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted May 5, 2010 2:08 PM CDT 39 comments Comments Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher speaks at a tea party protest. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File) (Newser) – Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher isn't a scrappy political outsider anymore: He's a newly-minted member of the Republican Party Central Committee of Lucas County. He was elected to that post by a landslide tally of 38-23, the Toledo Blade reports. No, as far as we can tell, those aren't abbreviations, the vote was actually 38-23. The turnout may have been so low because the position ain't that exciting. Wurzelbacher is one of 397 members of the little-known committee, which exists mainly to provide foot soldiers for GOP candidates.