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. RJ

    I am not certain why this is newsworthy. 79 children in our small K-4 elementary school were absent today with the flu. Life goes on outside of Capital Hill.

    October 22, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. R U for Real? CA

    I guess, that's what happens when you lay with a pig – you get swine flu.

    Makes sense to me...

    October 22, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. Patrick

    To CDC..... YOU LIE... there is no such thing as the swine flu.

    Innoculations?!!?!?! A GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY TO INFECT us with nanites which control our mind to change us to socialism!

    Avoid innoculation... the nanites may re-program your kids to harm you.

    October 22, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Audrey in VA

    Why is CNN soliciting comments on the news that his wife is sick? CNN is just baiting all the hate and vitriol from the lefties who are going to gloat about this.

    October 22, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. seabee

    Unbelievable!!!!!!!! The guy is man enough to call the President a liar is not man enough to "stand by his woman/wife" or take a swine flue shot until everyone does.......Once again proving this republican is lower than whale doo! CB

    October 22, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Jim

    That's the chance you take when you wallow with swine.

    October 22, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. A 50-year Democrat no more. Now an independent with brains.

    Obama supporters should be sorry for ths woman but I'm sure after Sen Wilson calling their Jesus a liar they're yah-yahing her also. You can't even understand what they're mouthing. AND YES HE IS A TOTAL LYING DO NOTHING PRESIENT. I CAN"T SEE WHY YOU PEOPLE CAN:T SEE IT.

    October 22, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I could make some comment about Joe Wilson should be the one to get it, but I won't. His wife should recover quickly like all those that are ill.

    October 22, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. Mike in LA

    Hope she feel better.

    October 22, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. LR Radford

    When you live with a pig this is what happens.

    October 22, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. RR

    Why is this news? I bet one or the other of them had a headache once. Did that make CNN's headline? Humm.. well, probably it did. Nothing to see or read here, people. Moving on.

    October 22, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Veteran

    So this dopey entry has something to do with politics!!??

    October 22, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Bob

    Good thing she has good insurance.

    October 22, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. mastermind

    God works in Mysterious ways!!!

    October 22, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. anna

    I have a feeling this fellow will inevitably have "You lie" engraved on his tombstone someday.

    October 22, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Not a fan of Joe Wilson, but I pray his wife will have a speedy recovery.

    October 22, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Kim

    Karma will get you every time!!

    October 22, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. kcl

    My God! What is this doing in the news. Is it a bait to see how many say how great that is? This news story is much sicker than the H1N1.

    October 22, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Fitz in Texas

    Best of luck to your wife Congressman Joe Wilson. I'm sure she'll be just fine and back on her feet in no time.

    October 22, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. SWB

    Wonder if he'll turn down that government-run health insurance plan he gets or if he'll ride it out like he would have South Carolinians do?

    October 22, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. g

    its ok he,s got good health insurance like he always igot mine tobadabout you

    October 22, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Andrew

    Is this a "haha your wife has swine flu" to get back at him for insulting CNN's precious Obama?

    October 22, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  23. M

    Hope she has healthcare!

    October 22, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. SensibleJoe

    Plenty of Americans are coming down with the swine flu, so Joe Wilson's wife coming down with it is not news. It seems more like an attempt at grabbing publicity by a politician who falsely and rudely accused our president.

    October 22, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. M.Ames, Syracuse

    Swine flu? That one's too easy.

    October 22, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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