September 10th, 2009
05:45 PM ET
5 years ago

(Updated): Wilson's opponent raises more than $500K

Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.
Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Miller raised $100,000 overnight from 3,000 individual donors after Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress on Wednesday night.

Miller released a statement last night accusing Wilson of "engaging in childish name-calling and disrespecting out Commander-in-Chief." Wilson's shout prompted Democrats on the Web to direct donors to Miller's Web site and to the Democratic fundraising site ActBlue.

Miller gave Wilson the toughest re-election challenge of his career last year in one of the country's most conservative congressional districts. Miller lost by eight points, and decided to challenge Wilson again next year.

Wilson apologized to the president after the speech, calling his comments "inappropriate and regrettable."

UPDATE: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported Thursday morning that Miller's post-speech total had risen to $200,000.

UPDATE 2:45 pm: The DCCC reported Thursday afternoon that Miller's new post-speech total had risen to $400,000, via 11,000 individual contributions.

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.: The DCCC reported Thursday evening that Miller post-speech total had risen to more than $500,000, via 14,000 individual contributions.


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  1. Change in America

    Vote Wilson out of the office ....That sad how President Obama got treated last nite by the Republicans wake up America the Republicans are against America they are evil politician

    Vote republicans out the office

    September 10, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. phoenix86

    The ONLY individual who spoke the truth last night was Wilson. Democrats and Obama seem to believe that if you repeat a lie over and over, it eventually becomes the truth. Pretty sad.

    September 10, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    When you're paying all you can "afford" to fat, rich, greedy insurance execs and then discover you can't "afford" the deductible to actually get any treatment, you won't be so eager to send your money to Rob.

    September 10, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. AK

    Please someone..... SHOW ME WHERE TO CONTRIBUTE TO MR. ROB MILLER"s Campiagn. There should be no place for him in the Congress period!!!!

    September 10, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. Chris

    Both parties make outbursts during presidential speeches. For about 4 years, the dems would boo and shout during state of the union addresses. The Repubs did the same to Clinton. The self righteousness of the politicians in their reactions to the outburst is pretty sad.

    September 10, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Joe

    Oh Please. Making a big deal out of this is just stupid. The man said what was on his mind, looked like an idiot to millions of people, and now he walks with his tail between his legs. The fun is over; move on.

    September 10, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Connie, Indiana

    I guess if had read the "proposed" bill he would have seen what is really in the bill, but nope just open mouth and insert foot...knee-jerk response. just goes to show you that this republican and possible other republicans have their minds made up...screw the American people, if they don't want American people to have access to insurance, then they should give up their insurance and see what is like to wonder when a health problem will cause you to go broke...

    September 10, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. GOP Mistress

    Ah, 2012 is looking like a good year for the Democrats for another win...keep it up GOPers.

    September 10, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Tom B

    Wilson, beyond being factually inaccurate, also broke U.S. House of Representative rules with his outburst (section 370).

    September 10, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. kim

    They need to bring Wilson to the Sanford impeachment and kick his butt out too!. That was the most disrespectful display I have ever seen in politics. The apology wasnt sincere. If he is going to heckle the president on nation tv then he should offer the apology on national tv and even then I dont belive he would be able to redeem himself.

    September 10, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Peter Johnson

    If there's anything interesting about this (and there really isn't), it's that this morning, nobody among the Democrats is questioning Wilson's patriotism, or calling on him to resign. Imagine the GOP's reaction if a Democrat had heckled W during one of his addresses!

    September 10, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. JB

    I salute the gentleman for speaking up. At least someone else has had enough of these blatant lies.

    September 10, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Tom B

    What is wrong with South Carolina these days? "Inappropriate and Regrettable" could be the new state motto...

    September 10, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. CX

    Finally! A Republican with guts! I wish he lived in Nevada...

    September 10, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Emmanuel Goldstein

    He did lie. But calling him out during a joint session of Congress was inappropriate.

    September 10, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. wkndthg

    Why is everyone in such a uproar, we are talking about a "Republican" from "South Carolina", perfect example of lack of education and up bringing.

    September 10, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. Aunt Bea and Opie

    This was a premeditated act on Wilsons part.He and TCM should both be swinging from the gallows.

    September 10, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Billy

    Wilson makes America look bad. I would be ashamed if he represented me.

    The GOP is throwing civility and hundreds of years of tradition away because they are still mad they've lost power.

    America saw how ugly the new GOP is.

    September 10, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. susie

    If there is all this fraud in Medicare, why didn't the Gov"t. take care of the problem before now?

    September 10, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Advocate50

    If shouting insults is Joe Wilson's strength perhaps he should resign from congress and spend his time attending town meetings where apparently that type of behavior is encouraged. Or maybe this is just a logical extension of the philosophy of letting cartoonish insults substituted for informed debate on an issue.

    As an alternative, if he enjoys shouting liar I suggest he attend a Palin speech where she rails against "death panels".

    September 10, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Marty, FL

    I will donate to Miller's campaign, too. Rep. Wilson needs to be voted out of office by his disgraceful behavior last night. The GOP is taking their dishonest lunacy to an unprecedented low and confirms why I am no longer Republican. Unbelievable.

    Miller's constituents surely deserve better.

    September 10, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Gil Oberdas

    The right have used lies, cover-ups and color words so much that Mr. Wilson now beleives it! What a sad comment on thr right wing religious extremists!

    September 10, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. ItIsMe

    What a coward, and a disgrace. It's like the Republicans just can't get out of their own way. No matter how much Democrats didn't like Bush, I can't recall a time when they tarnished the American flag like Joey Wilson.

    Scum...

    September 10, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. No one should die or go bankrupt because they can't afford health care

    Wilson is a liar because the House bill specifically excludes illegal immigrants from subsidies for the poor.
    With his rude, racist outburst Wilson disrespected the office of President and his Commander in Chief. By behaving as an immature schoolyard bully WIlson shamed himself and his state, setting a terrible example for his fellow citizens and our youth. Wilson should resign.

    "Treat others as you would like to be treated"

    September 10, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Voter

    He just said what the majority of people I know are thinking and would like to shout out to all our politicians on both sides. They are all in it for themselves and do not give a rip about the average American.

    September 10, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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