October 22nd, 2009
10:20 PM ET
4 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. TM

    I hope Mrs. Wilson has a very light case and recovers soon and that Rep. Wilson does not catch it. I still do not agree with him, but hope that we can all be charitable about this.

    October 22, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    I have great sympathy for Mrs. Wilson contracting swine flu. Being married to an insensitive clod like Mr. Wilson, the mouth that yelled "you lie" to President Obama, is enough for one woman to bear. I wish her a speedy recovery.

    October 22, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  3. Samuel

    It is really too bad that this has to happen to great people. I will be praying for his wife as well as Joe! He is a good man and had the balls to stand up and say it when no one else would. This president better sit up and take notice of what is going on around him. He has Communists surrounding him and they are giving him some very bad ideas for this country. A Civil War broke out in America once and it can happen again just as easy. Only this time there are more people who are going to take it seriously and take part....

    October 22, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. pt

    Don't tell us; people will say he got what he deserves with some saying God is punishing him. CDC states people are contagious one day prior and up to ten days after symptoms start. He got it from someone and is sure to have given to others.

    October 22, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  5. Stone in the Shoothole

    We need more characters like Sanford than Wilson. Sanford is a uniter and Wilson is a divider. If you read the comments under Sanford's article, you will find that everybody is in agreement there. I have never seen any character lately that is so uncontroversial.

    October 22, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. Larry

    She married a swine ...

    It was only a matter of time before she would become infected

    October 22, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. Sandy

    Well she is married to a pig after all. ;)

    October 22, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Neil

    God works in mysterious ways!

    October 22, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Robert

    just wonderful.why do we care who got sick in a congressman personal life ?

    although you have to wonder why him ?

    October 22, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. Dee, 1 Vote

    Rep Wilson, is it God wantst to protect Pres Obama.......or get YOU!

    October 22, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Steve

    I sure hope she has health insurance to depend on!

    October 22, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Gary

    Boy, I sure hope Joe dosen't get it. That would be terrible.

    October 22, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. Lynette

    Who cares did this man apologize for making our Country look bad by insulting our President? His wife has better sense than he does. She asked who was the idiot who yelled at the President. He should have gotten it, and I'd better not hear one complaint about his health care...too bad,

    October 22, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  14. Nevada dude

    she must have got it from her husband and his friends–they look like swine to me!!

    October 22, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. MLH

    Hope she feels better soon.

    October 22, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  16. Bealzip

    See what happens when you perpetrate a lie for your own personal gain! Oink

    October 22, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  17. Wendyj

    He will keep his distance from his wife when he returns home? He wont get the shot himself until "the majority of the American public receive it"? He is an elected "leader" ? What a jerk and a horrible husband. I guess he's got his priorities in order. For a jerk. And that is a gross understatement.

    October 22, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. Damon

    Best wishes for a speedy recover to Roxanne Wilson. Despite my distaste for Rep. Wilson's behavior and perverse politics, there's no room in civilized society for anything but concern and empathy for another fellow human being in need. Barack Obama taught me that.

    October 22, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  19. Janet

    Cold, cold "man!" He could wear a surgical mask and gloves and provide a little comfort to his wife. But then, looking at his angry face might not improve her health at all.

    October 22, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Jerry

    Not to worry, Joe–you've got Congressional health insurance. Unlike 47 million of your constituents, you're nicely covered....

    October 22, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  21. Republicans are losers

    Go to bed with a pig you're liable to wake up with Swine Flu.

    October 22, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    hope she and he and their four children all get swine flu, lose their insurance coverage, end up in ICU and go bankrupt trying to pay medical bill. jeve

    October 22, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  23. please

    maybe because she married a swine!! haha I kill me

    October 22, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. Janet

    I hope Ms Wilson has health insurance. Oh, that's right, she has that public option insurance through her husband's employer, the Federal government!!

    October 22, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. bill

    Poor woman. I think she contracted it from sleeping with a pig.

    (I do wish her well. Him not so much.)

    October 22, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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