September 10th, 2009
05:45 PM ET
14 years ago

(Updated): Wilson's opponent raises more than $500K

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Miller raised $100,000 overnight from 3,000 individual donors after Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress on Wednesday night.

Miller released a statement last night accusing Wilson of "engaging in childish name-calling and disrespecting out Commander-in-Chief." Wilson's shout prompted Democrats on the Web to direct donors to Miller's Web site and to the Democratic fundraising site ActBlue.

Miller gave Wilson the toughest re-election challenge of his career last year in one of the country's most conservative congressional districts. Miller lost by eight points, and decided to challenge Wilson again next year.

Wilson apologized to the president after the speech, calling his comments "inappropriate and regrettable."

UPDATE: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported Thursday morning that Miller's post-speech total had risen to $200,000.

UPDATE 2:45 pm: The DCCC reported Thursday afternoon that Miller's new post-speech total had risen to $400,000, via 11,000 individual contributions.

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.: The DCCC reported Thursday evening that Miller post-speech total had risen to more than $500,000, via 14,000 individual contributions.

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  1. Pepou

    What a jerk ! This is the face of the GOP. Hysterical lunatics who cannot even behave like a 10 year old.

    September 10, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. Ted

    While Wilson's comment was inappropriate, it is easy to understand how emotions can overcome anyone that is passionate about the our Goverment and the President's lack of social and financal integrity.

    September 10, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. SquarePeg

    Why are people continually surprised at these never-ending insults to the President by prefacing what they say by saying, "this has never happened before". Come on now, people, you can't be that much in denial. It is what it is - pure, unadultered racism pure and simple.

    These people whose own lives depend on them being better than someone, cannot in their wildest dreams accept the fact that a Black man could possibly be "better" than them in so many facets of their lives, education, common sense, and above all CLASS, not the kind that you try to attain through hard work and achievement as he has done so successfully, but that which these people will never have.

    So my question to these people would be, "How's that mythical superiority you are so obsessed with going for ya?

    September 10, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. kantrist

    Joe Wilson needs to be sanctioned because that outbust to disrepectfully and racist!!!!!!!!! He would not have said that if that President was White! They need to throw the book at him and if they do not. Than the people need to Boycott South Carolina

    September 10, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Shannon,Dallas,Texas

    Joe Wilson is the face of the Republican party.

    He is a white southern male who is angry that times have changed so he disregards reality to lash out at the President of the United States in the most unAmerican way possible.

    It's really very sad. The sensible minority within the Republican party is being overshadowed by people like Joe Wilson.

    September 10, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Dilligaf

    Joe's right. Odumbo lies. A lot.

    September 10, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Becker

    He did something idiotic but listen this is baby stuff compared to what people called Bush. Our Senate majority leader Reid called Bush a loser and a liar. Even if you agree with Wilson he should not have verbalized it. Leave all the ugliness to the Dem's – they perfected it.

    September 10, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Mary

    Boy, did he ever step in it! Joe Wilson has sealed his fate!

    September 10, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Kerry J

    I hope he leaves after this term, but at least he was man enough to apologize. I'm really sick of the fanatics from both the right and left. Leave your ideology at the doorstep and do some work for America!

    September 10, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Bernice Earle

    The behavior of this person was an embarrassment to our President,
    the Congress and citizens. Any person with this lack of control
    cannot be in public life! He does not have the demeanor of a person
    who can be deliberative in any type of negotiations. The outburst
    was the kind seen at baseball stadiums where even there limits are
    set on what can be said from the grandstands.
    He needs to go home and allow someone to help him learn how
    to be a real man.

    September 10, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Faithful

    BYE BYE wilson.......

    September 10, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Although Representative Wilson's comment last night during the President's speech was unfortunately timed, it was certainly appropriate. In his speech the President called those who disagree with government intervention into healthcare liars and rumor mongers. He should expect quid pro quo.

    September 10, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. elliott

    Completely disrespectful. Certain members of the GOP make me sick.

    September 10, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. curious

    Maybe Congressman Wilson and Governor Sanford will start a lobbying firm together after they both have the good grace to leave public office.....

    September 10, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Pete

    Way to exercise your First Amendment rights, Joe. You have a right to speak, but you don't have a right to force the rest of us to think you're smart.

    September 10, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Barb Petschl

    God willing I will get a job soon. When I do, Mr. Miller will be getting a check from me as well.

    September 10, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Abdul H. Khan

    Joe Wilson is the microcasm of what the defeated Republican Party is today, arrogant, ignorant and hateful with nothing substantive to offer to the common man.

    September 10, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Pat

    I think I will donate as well

    September 10, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Anonymous

    no matter what your polictical affiliation is its never okay to disrespect the office of the President of the United States

    September 10, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. rev

    Wilson proves the adage: Give a Republican enough rope and they'll surely strangle themselves. What a paragon of the GOP. They should be real proud of this moron.

    September 10, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. FL for Change

    SC is a wonderful state with wonderful people. But, lately, they have been forced into a negative spotlight due to their elected leaders. It is time that they remove their lying/cheating/stealing Governor, and NOT re-elect this embarrassing idiot to Congress. His immaturity and lack of respect to the POTUS is shameful. And he apologize to Rahm Emmauel and not directly to President Obama? What a wuss... It's time the right thing!

    September 10, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. Katie - Atlanta

    This guy should resign. He showed no respect for the office of the president. He's an embarrassment to his state and this nation. Disagreeing with the president is one thing, but to do what he did...thats unacceptable. And if you're really sorry, apologize just as loudly as you screamed last night.

    What a jerk.

    September 10, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Less govt please!

    Someone should tell the truth, there's no way the govt is going to insure 30 million extra people and not cost us a dime more. Look at social security and medicare, they're both going broke and so will this new govt program.

    And forcing people to buy health insurance is not right either.

    Say no to Obamacare!!

    September 10, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Terry from Texas

    1. What is wrong with the voters of South Carolina? Why do they elect mentally unbalanced people like Sanford and Wilson? What do you have to say to get elected there? Give me good old crooked Illinois any day.

    2. What a mealy-mouthed apology! He says his remarks were "inappropriate" and "regrettable." What that means is "I shouldn't have call the President of the United States a liar in front of the whole world" and "I wish I hadn't done it." How about saying, "The President is not a liar. I am a fool. I do not deserve to serve the people of my state in Congress and I will resign effective today."

    If you are going to apologize for something, stand up and say it like a man. Don't say, "I regret that I may have done something that might have possibly cause certain individuals some consternation." Say it straight out. A fool and a coward. Nice going, South Carolina.

    September 10, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. Jack Carlson

    Wilson was correct – Obama was lying several times – or he is dumb !
    As a 37 yr Business Owner we can work the numbers.
    Allow interstate sale of Ins, and tort reform (but the weasels in Wa don't want that as they are catering to their SPECIAL interests and DON'T have the AMerican People first in mind).
    We need to boot the rich out of Congress as they are not public servants.
    Jack C

    September 10, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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