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. jts

    I hope she recovers safely.

    But can you say karma?

    October 22, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Janet Carter

    Wilson's lying. I don't believe a word he says.

    October 22, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Steve, Jackson MS

    Hope Mrs Wison enjoys the taxpayer-funded Health Insurance Congressmen and their families get.

    October 22, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Frank, Las Vegas

    It's a good thing HE has a good health care plan. If only he thought every other American deserved what HE has.

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

    October 22, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Gobama

    I am sorry that Mrs, Wilson has H1N1. I would not wish it on anyone. Good thing she has the best (free) health care Joe's job can buy. What about the rest of us Joe????

    October 22, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. pam lanzotti

    Wilson will probably find some way to blame the flu on Obama.

    October 22, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Joe Wilson's wife being diagnosed with H1N1 has nothing to do with anything political. It has nothing to do with Joe Wilson's demenor, beliefs, or his bad behavior, nor does it excuse that bad behavior. It has nothing to do with Republicans or Democrats.

    The only point of interest is that this disease can touch anyone and will likely touch everyone one way or another eventually.

    I just wish her a speedy recovery, and that it didn't pass on to any more of their family, friends, or co-workers.

    October 22, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Carole

    Does she have health care? Oh yeah, we pay for it. Maybe she should not take anything for it like the millions of other uninsured.

    October 22, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Scandalous

    That's funny that he made it a point to say that he will get the vaccine only after "the majority of the American people" receive it. Wouldn't want to be the guinea pig now would we Rep. Wilson? You Lie!

    October 22, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. StevieB

    Poor lady. First she has to suffer the embarrassment that is her husband and now the pig has made her sick, too.

    October 22, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. JR

    What a bonehead, his wife HAS the flu, but he's going to politicize his getting a vaccination until he's milked it for gain and until it doesn't matter. Classic neo-con, too little, too late and politics first.

    October 22, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Reagan was wrong

    I hope she gets better soon. That being said, Joe Wilson is still a boorish redneck.

    October 22, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. If Republiklan neo-cons represent “christian” values and they will spend Eternity in Heaven, then my only inquiry to St. Peter will be, “Where is the down escalator?”

    God is punishing the liar!

    October 22, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. FEAR

    HAHAHA!!! Good. This guy is pathetic.

    October 22, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. The Republican party is Beck-Rush

    No problem for her getting the best health care treatment available – she get "socialized" government health care.

    October 22, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Liberal4Obama

    The GOP's dear leader told his listeners not to get vaccinated against any flu, looks like Wilson is one of them. I don't understand why republicans hate science so much.

    October 22, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Dylan from MN

    I don't mean to laugh, but um.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    October 22, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Cryston

    Interesting. Very interesting. I wonder if there is such a thing as 'what goes around comes around'. Interesting.

    October 22, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. NC

    I hope Mrs. Wilson recovers and that's all I'm saying. I won't touch this, it is wide open for pig comments.

    October 22, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. sdc

    He has nothing to worry about, he has really good health care for him and his family, unlike millions of working Americans who cannot afford it or have been denied due to a preexisting condition....

    October 22, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    You Lie. ha ha ha

    October 22, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. yawn

    this is not news, who cares

    October 22, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. torbor

    You know what it extremely sad about this story? It has made national news headlines.

    October 22, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Rob

    She must have caught it from her husband.

    October 22, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. m smith

    This is one of he dumbest articals I have ever read. Who gives a rat's . Didn't this guy get enough publicity already?

    October 22, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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