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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 05/20/2011

‘Tito the Builder’ raises money, considers running against Puller

As Tito Muñoz — better known as “Tito the Builder” — contemplates a run for elected office this fall, he’s looking to help Republicans take back the state Senate, too.

Muñoz, who formed a political action committee last month, held his first significant event Thursday night at the home of supporter in Fairfax Station with guest speaker Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg). About 75 attended, raising $10,000 for legislative races in November.

Republicans, led by Gov. Bob McDonnell, are looking to regain control of the state Senate this November, where Democrats have a narrow majority.

Muñoz made a name for himself when he appeared onstage with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign and more recently has become a conservative Latino voice on the radio.

Word is he’s looking to take on Democratic Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller, in her district which includes portions of Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford counties.

But first he may face Jeff Frederick, the ousted leader of the Republican Party of Virginia and a former Prince William County delegate, who said he’s considering running for the seat, too.

Puller said both men have their work cut out for them because her district, even as it was redrawn by lawmakers in the redistricting process, is fairly Democratic.

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