September 17th, 2009
07:25 PM ET
13 years ago

First on the Ticker: Wilson challenger to raise cash in D.C.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rob Miller first challenged Republican congressman Joe Wilson in 2008."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Joe Wilson's Democratic challenger Rob Miller has collected more than $1 million online since Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama, but next week Miller will be raising money the old-fashioned way.

The South Carolina Democrat, who has yet to make a public appearance since Wilson's outburst, will head to Washington for a pair of fundraisers on Capitol Hill.

A group of ex-staffers for former South Carolina Sen. Fritz Hollings and Rep. Jim Clyburn will host an event for Miller at a Capitol Hill restaurant on Wednesday, with a minimum suggested donation of $250, according to an invitation provided to CNN.

Later in the evening, Miller will head over to a Pennsylvania Avenue bar for a low-dollar meet-and-greet with "young professionals." The entry fee for that gathering is $20.10.

Wilson, meanwhile, continues to soak up online donations - the Republican has raised nearly $1.8 million since last Wednesday, including several thousand dollars since he was formally punished by the House on Tuesday for his outburst.

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Filed under: Extra • Joe Wilson • Rob Miller • South Carolina
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Didn't the Democrats know that Joe Wilson would just raise that much more money if they "punished" him? Both sides are like school-boy bullies. But the Democrats weren't even smart on this one. Just more attention for Joe Wilson and making him into a hero amongst the right-wing crowd.

    September 17, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. JR

    Hardly surprising that Wilson would gain a cash inflow after his absurdly childish action, the GOP is the party of NO morals or common decency, they always reward the worse among us.

    September 17, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. williefloyd

    Praying that my fellow citizens in the Palmetto State will say enough of the Sons of the Confederacy politics. I hope we can convince citizens from other states that there are decent, respectful native South Carolinians.

    September 17, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Gus The Willie

    Congressman Joe should have been tarred and feathered!

    September 17, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |

    I've already contributed to Rob Miller for Congress this month.

    Mr. Miller is a former marine, an Iraq war veteran, and owns a small business in South Carolina.

    Rob Miller for Congress 2010!!!

    September 17, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Joshua College Station Texas


    Oh, sorry Joe. [But I'm not sorry to the rest of you I just offended by blatantly disrespecting Joe here on the Ticker, because Joe wouldn't agree with that.]

    Best of luck Rob Miller.

    September 17, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Perusing-through

    $250.00 is a relatively in expensive down payment if it will help rid South Carolina politics of "Foul Mouth" Joe.

    September 17, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    It's going to be hard to unseat Joe "You Lie" Wilson in that district, but it's not impossible and will be fun to watch. He disgraced himself calling his President and Commander in Chief (as a reservist) a liar, but that doesn't seem to even matter anymore. Good luck Mr. Miller.

    September 17, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. centerleft

    Way to Miller good luck!!

    September 17, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Joe

    It's Miller Time!

    September 17, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. bush league

    lets see....first black president in history, first president ever to be heckled at a joint session of, it cant be must be something else.

    September 17, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Intelligentia

    It is amusing how shouting "You Lie" made this Wilson guy a hero. Some call it standing up to Obama. The way they praise him for it, you would think he went into a ring and knocked out Mike Tyson in his prime with 2 seconds of round 1. Wimps always feel powerful over what a 5 year old can do. Even a cripple in a wheel chair can shout; "You Lie." So, give it up, he is no hero!

    September 17, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. please

    Only in America can a person who degrades not only President Obama, but the office of the President, raise 1.8 million. The kicker is Wilson called Obama a liar, when Wilson was really the liar.

    The bill specifically prevents illegal aliens from receiving any government money. While it may require them to purchase health care at full cost; unsubsidized, that only helps. The more people that pay into a insurance pool, the less the cost. Illegal aliens have to be treated in ER rooms, so their health care is already paid for by the people. Isn't better to get them to by health insurance and stop clogging up the ER rooms?

    Dick Cheney had elective surgery under his socialized government run health care plan. Why can't I?

    Only in America...

    September 17, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Abbott

    Ugh! That is going to be one disgusting congressional race in 2010.

    September 17, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  15. marcus2

    I'm for Miller 100%. Joe Wilson has no shame.

    September 17, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Alex

    " week Miller will be raising money the old-fashioned way."

    Yes, by pledging allegiance to the Wall St. agenda that has put both Democrats and Republicans alike into office! Schmoozing with the inside-the-beltway elite may be a valuable career skill for those wishing to be in the US Congress, but it is not particularly valuable for those who want to be worth voting for. Let us know when he's hitting the pavement in his district.

    We need Clean Elections nationwide! $peech does not equal "Speech", as protected in the 1st Amendment.

    September 17, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  17. Tom in Delaware

    Gee, I wonder if his fundraising is in reaction to CNN's hourly postings of Miller raking in the contributions after the speech last week....yet another liberal scheme that's completely backfired...what a shame.

    September 17, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  18. Capsaicin

    Appears to be some overcompensating going on with Joe Wilson's donors–or just tacit anonymous approval of his classlessness. It would be nice to make this race a big money pit for the Republican Party–forcing them to defend Joe Wilson's 'honor' or something.

    September 17, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. Crock

    those donations to Joe Wilson only demonstrate the depth of racism in this country...what he did was WRONG...pure and simple...he owes me and every other American an apology...

    September 18, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. Pat Dunedin Fl

    Lets hope good prevails, he deserves to hold office
    Has anyone ever found out if Joe Wilson was a immigration
    Lawyer? Msnbc said he has never had anything to do with
    immigration perhaps he has it confused with segregation!

    September 18, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. Lamps

    And Miller will still lose.

    September 18, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  22. Nija

    Were can I donate some funds for you?

    September 18, 2009 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  23. Sue

    Mr. Wilson – you were RIGHT!!! obama does lie!!! How bout his statements to Congress Sep. 9 – regarding DEFENSIVE???Medicine??? And UNNECESSARY tests? Well nobody better darn well tell me I should not be tested further for ailments NOR be accused of having doctors "defensive medicine" disregarded for MY health!!!!!
    Please continue to help the Real poeple who care about their longevitivy on this earth. We're not here Forever, so we try to hang on as long as we can – and need doctors to care about us!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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