Eccentric Candidate Dies at 39

Man who campaigned with Colonial-style wig dies

Tuesday, May 24, 2011  |  Updated 3:56 PM EDT
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"The Wig Man" Dies

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Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls, from left, Corrogan R. Vaughn, Daniel "Wig Man" Vovak and Lih Young are shown during a debate, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, in Baltimore. Maryland voters have a figurative buffet of Senate candidates to choose from in next week's primaries, when 29 candidates vie to replace retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes. D-Md., More than a dozen of the candidates, including the three shown here, toook part in the debate in Baltimore Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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Daniel ``The Wig Man'' Vovak, who ran for U.S. Senate in Maryland and other offices while wearing a Colonial-style white wig, has died. He was 39.

Vovak's brother, David, told The Baltimore Sun that Vovak died of cancer on Saturday at Casey House hospice in Montgomery County.

Vovak unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Senate in 2006 against former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who lost in the general election to Democrat Ben Cardin. Vovak said he wore the wig to attract attention to his campaigns.

During that race, Vovak went to court to put his full nickname ``The Wig Man'' on the primary ballot. An Anne Arundel County Circuit judge dismissed the complaint.

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