October 22nd, 2009
10:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Joe Wilson's wife diagnosed with swine flu

Rep. Joe Wilson's wife has swine flu.
Rep. Joe Wilson's wife has swine flu.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Joe Wilson's wife Roxanne has been diagnosed with swine flu, the congressman's office confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

The South Carolina Republican who gained instant notoriety in September for shouting "You lie!" at the president told The Hill newspaper on Thursday that he plans to keep his distance from his wife when he returns home this weekend.

Wilson said he plans to get the H1N1 vaccination soon, but only after "the majority of the American people" receive it.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Washington, is the only member of Congress to have contracted swine flu. He tweeted the news on Monday, revealing plans to head off to "seclusion for a while" while he recovers.


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soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Steve

    I don't agree with his politics but I wish his wife a speedy recovery and hope that he doesn't contract it too.

    October 23, 2009 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  2. Gary

    Swine must not care who they come into contact with.

    October 23, 2009 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  3. Cato

    Sure am proud for her that SHE has good health care....

    October 23, 2009 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  4. Joe

    Again..it's not 'swine' flu..it's just H1N1

    October 23, 2009 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  5. Bill from CA

    Not surprising she would get swine flu when she kisses a pig every day.

    October 23, 2009 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  6. tooley

    I'm sure they have good health insurance.
    The "You Lie Guy" is not worried about getting sick.

    October 23, 2009 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  7. BillA

    The poor woman...perhaps she has been living with a Swine too long.

    October 23, 2009 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  8. Charlie Brown

    That's a pre-existing condition. She shouldn't receive any medical treatment.

    Only after "the majority of the American people" receive it. Please, spare us all the hypocrisy

    October 23, 2009 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  9. Terry from West Texas

    So far, only Conservatives in Congress have been connected to swine flu.

    Now, we have been assured by America's foremost televangelical theologians that Aids and Katrina were sent by God to punish the gays.

    Could it be that God has sent the swine flu to punish Conservatives for the damage they have done to the nation? After all, it is called "swine" flu. Just a thought.

    I hope Mrs. Wilson gets well soon.

    October 23, 2009 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  10. RJ

    You reap what you sow – get it? Swine – SOW. Get it? Looks like you got it alright. If everything is relative, you ought to suffer more. PIG.

    October 23, 2009 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  11. Elizabeth

    Joe Wilson "plans to keep his distance from his wife when he returns home this weekend"! Whatever happened to "family values"? I believe that marriage is meant to be "for better, for worse, in sickness and in health." Why won't he be "there" for Roxanne when she is sick?

    October 23, 2009 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  12. ob

    Karma gets you buddy!

    October 23, 2009 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  13. Michael J

    Is this really relavant "News"???

    October 23, 2009 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  14. Scott Alexander

    How does CNN expect us to respond? This isn't a ticker-worthy item as it involves someone personally and not politically. Yes, Joe Wilson is a bad person (you can't deny it). It was proven the President didn't lie, Joe did lie, and Joe refused to admit it – that makes him a typical GOPer – so no big deal to his base. And any GOP person who claims to care about money and doesn't want undocumented immigrants covered with this health care reform...try to learn some math. It costs more money to go to the emergency room than to be covered under some type of insurance. If you claim undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes (the rich don't pay taxes – are you mad at them too?), then why are you in support of them using more tax payers money at emergency rooms?

    Anyway, Joe's a bad person. I don't know squat about the type of person his wife is. I hope she gets well soon.

    October 23, 2009 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  15. Todd

    Joe, what is your opinion on (viral) evolution? Hopefully you will die from H1N1. Crossing my fingers along with other real Americans. Go flu, go!

    October 23, 2009 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  16. Kel

    Dang. If only Wilson had gotten it himself. Then we could call it karma. Of course, I don't wish for anyone to get seriously ill... Actually, too bad we couldn't spread swine flu to kill off Osama bin Laden. Maybe Kim Jong Il, too. I definately wouldn't be sad if that were to happen.

    October 23, 2009 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  17. Dr Levin

    Get well soon!

    October 23, 2009 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  18. Bugl3t

    You know that old saying... "Lie down with dogs and rise with fleas"

    I suppose that applies to swine, too.... wonder who passed it to whom?

    October 23, 2009 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
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