September 17th, 2009
07:25 PM ET
5 years ago

First on the Ticker: Wilson challenger to raise cash in D.C.

Rob Miller first challenged Republican congressman Joe Wilson in 2008.
Rob Miller first challenged Republican congressman Joe Wilson in 2008.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Joe Wilson's Democratic challenger Rob Miller has collected more than $1 million online since Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama, but next week Miller will be raising money the old-fashioned way.

The South Carolina Democrat, who has yet to make a public appearance since Wilson's outburst, will head to Washington for a pair of fundraisers on Capitol Hill.

A group of ex-staffers for former South Carolina Sen. Fritz Hollings and Rep. Jim Clyburn will host an event for Miller at a Capitol Hill restaurant on Wednesday, with a minimum suggested donation of $250, according to an invitation provided to CNN.

Later in the evening, Miller will head over to a Pennsylvania Avenue bar for a low-dollar meet-and-greet with "young professionals." The entry fee for that gathering is $20.10.

Wilson, meanwhile, continues to soak up online donations - the Republican has raised nearly $1.8 million since last Wednesday, including several thousand dollars since he was formally punished by the House on Tuesday for his outburst.

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Filed under: Extra • Joe Wilson • Rob Miller • South Carolina
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Nateer

    I've donated and I would suggest that others do too. Wilson needs to be ousted.

    September 17, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Dave

    Although it might not have been the correct forum to call out the President, Wilson is correct to note that there are no mechanisms to prevent illegal aliens from recieving health benefits. And this whole notion of racism is disgusting. The details of this plan are either missing or being glossed over because the American people don't accept them.

    September 17, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Billy J ..Texas..

    I hope Wilson gets a credible primary challenger. Whoever that is will get my money.

    Failing that, then I would be very comfortable with an Iraq vet (Rob Miller) and will give more than the 25 bucks I already pledged. He really can't be much worse than Wilson, who seems crooked, mean spirited AND dumb (not unlike pols on both sides of the aisles, but this guy is taking the cake at the moment)

    Somebody has to stop the madness, and if money is what it takes then, I intend to spend a little whenever I see the need to send a message. I guess that's what the supreme court means by free speech although I would still rather there be some limit to what and who can give money to an already money spoiled system.

    September 17, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Jann in Denver

    Wilson must go; and I believe he will be beaten in the next election.

    September 17, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. kathy

    It is sad when people are awarded for rude behavior. Raising money for yelling at the president. In the south where I was born a black man is always treated poorly..... Did anyone look at the republican section at the speak lily white just like the tea party events. They are all a bunch of idiots doing just what the rich health insurance industry wants them to do. They do not care about there children and grandchildren I am not fooled they are worried about #1 and there own Medicare benefits. It is the old TO HECK ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE! ME 1st attitude. Sign me RN, 30 years mother grandmother and for universal healthcare for all.

    September 17, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Deuce

    A Dusty Trail Blazing Democrat. wants to dip in Obama pockets..

    September 17, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. MikeH

    Independant Vet, you gotta put down that bottle of Thunderbird and check yourself into rehab.

    September 17, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We will send money,the people there need help.The republicans are worse than a hurricane.

    September 17, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Terry from West Texas

    It would be wonderful if Rob Miller actually defeated Wilson. It would redeem South Carolina voters somewhat in the nation's eyes. Their elected officials have not exactly measured up too well lately.

    September 17, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. No Incumbents 2010

    Wilson is toast. Wilson wants to be a lifelong officeholder like Strom Thurmond, but it's time for a change. Wilson will soon learn firsthand that racism is not a winning political platform.

    September 17, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Lisa P

    That would be thirteen-year Marine Corps veteran Rob Miller, right? Go Rob!

    September 17, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    The fact that this guy is making his first fund raising appearances in D.C. and NOT in his home district pretty much says it all. DEAD MAN WALKING! DEAD MAN WALKING! :-)

    September 17, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Brenda in Detroit

    I contributed to his campaign the day after the ignorant, rude, crude outburst from Joe Wilson. I would love to see Joe Wilson outed from public office. And will keep fingers crossed.

    September 17, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Georgia

    Anyone can do a better job than Wilson! So. Carolina is the worst state in the nation in almost every category except for golf courses! Good Job Wilson!!!

    Republican's = Incompetence!

    September 17, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Fan of Common Sense

    Notice this guy turns to Washington D.C. when he wants cash....NOT to his fellow South Carolinians. Need I say more?
    Southerners are much smarter than the rest of the country gives them credit for. I don't think ol' Joe has much to worry about.

    September 17, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. TCM

    Miller's a puppet....clueless.....

    September 17, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. victim of republican greed

    1.8 million for Joe 'the liar' Wilson. Southern aristocracy is shelling out for a man who proclaimed he was an immigration lawyer, and that is a lie. Wilson may not be a true American, but he is a true son of the confederacy.

    September 17, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. Dan

    Thanks Wilson for explicitly challenge the notion that we support illegals with our tax money. (I do not justify the behavior, but the outcome of focusing on this is a good one for democrats and republicans as well).
    The rest is media noise....

    September 17, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    Go for you but you will lose marine.

    September 17, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. VGal

    Yeah, I'm sure the insurance industry is flooding Rep Wilson with tons of additional money.

    Unfortunately for Miller, he's just getting small $ amounts from a bunch of disgusted individuals. At least he's representing the people, not insurance.

    September 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Mark

    I've already contributed to Wilson and I'm not even from that state. I'm sure some Hollywood liberals can square this guy away!

    September 17, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Doesn't SC have any minorities that can run??

    September 17, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    all politicians are liars, so whats the big fuss that wilson said out loud. good for him because obama is up to some thing with health care. should worry about the economy and jobs, and if politicians would start paying their taxes and quit stealing(sanford) we could pay off the debt.

    September 17, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Nateer

    I hope Rob Miller cleans Wilson's clock.

    September 17, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. HUGO

    It won't matter how much he raises, Joe Wilson is a National hero for calling out the President in one of his many half truths or outright misrepresentations on healthcare reform. Reading many posts on this blog page however continue to support my beliefs that liberals are not all bad people, they are just people with bad ideas. I would recommend further education and gainful employment, should any be lucky enough to find gainful employment in the private sector, you will eventually become a fiscally conservative centrist. It stems from trying to provide for your own family while our Government takes 30 or so % of your paycheck to pay for those "special" among our population. In many ways being a liberal parallels to the 20 year old that is out tatooing their face, piercing their nose, ears and splitting their tongue. One day they look in the mirror of their economy car while delivering pizzas and realize they are forty, suddenly they realize this is not what they envisioned for the rest of their life.

    September 17, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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