October 22nd, 2009
10:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Joe Wilson's wife diagnosed with swine flu

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/08/joe.wilson/art.joe.wilson.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Extra • H1N1 virus • Joe Wilson • Popular Posts • South Carolina • Swine Flu
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    Why are lawmakers wives being tested.. every news report indicates that test are only for those hospitalized.

    October 22, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  2. Sandy

    We wish you a very speedy recovery. We need bold leaders like you who are not scared to expose the corrupt president and his administration.

    October 22, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  3. Debbie

    Can we just say that Wilson has H1N1 and have hime keep his distance from the American public?

    October 22, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Will she go to a doctor using their health insurance??

    October 22, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  5. Proud American

    Good Lord, she's married to a pig....

    October 22, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. Shawn

    MAYBE instead of keeping away from his wife..he will learn to keep his big mouth shut. Love him or hate him..you dont interupt the President of the United States when he is making a speech. Maybe his mom never taught him never to interupt people when they are speaking...

    October 22, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. the Film Professor

    Instant Karma gonna get you,,,,,

    October 22, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. James

    Glad to see a Congressman and his wife excercising some good old common sense in keeping distance until the bug passes – rather than risking getting the flu and spreading it given how public his job is. Finally – someone with brains!

    October 22, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. bibek

    Karma bites in the butt

    October 22, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  10. GOPer

    I say let Joe Wilson stand in line at a free clinic to get his shot. I assure you he lacks the courage to do this.

    October 23, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  11. Jeff W.

    'Wilson said he plans to get the H1N1 vaccination soon, but only after "the majority of the American people" receive it.' (rolling my eyes). I love it when these blowhard Republicans express faux compassion.

    October 23, 2009 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. MissyW

    He can get the shot but he'll still be a pig!

    October 23, 2009 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  13. Corey

    Sorry to hear that. Hoping for a speedy recovery for Mrs. Wilson.
    Kudos to Joe for waiting until it's available to rest of the nation!

    October 23, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  14. Economist

    Mr. Walden is the only Congressperson *known* to have contracted the H1N1 virus. That does not imply that he's the only one to have contracted it.

    October 23, 2009 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  15. Ken Williams

    Well let's have it. All the hateful angry liberals will get a big kick over this and how she deserved it for being married to Wilson.

    October 23, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  16. Fed Up

    Oh gee. She must be human like the rest of us. What a surprise!

    October 23, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  17. Mark, Phoenix

    When he found out, he shouted at his wife "You lie still!"

    October 23, 2009 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  18. Robert in Austin

    The reason she has Swine flu is because she lives with that obnoxious ignorant red-faced piggy.

    October 23, 2009 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  19. Dem TIl death

    We all pray for her swift recovery,

    October 23, 2009 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  20. Frederick Jones

    You've got to be kidding. This passes for news???

    October 23, 2009 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  21. Miriam Geryol

    This is news? Get real CNN.

    October 23, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  22. michael

    I hope she recovers swiftly! (And Joe - they can cure H1N1, but they can't cure stupid - crack a book, you jokester).

    October 23, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  23. Jon

    My god! Karma IS real!

    October 23, 2009 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  24. Buddbo1

    She probably caught it from that swine of a husband she has. Get rid of him and you'll clean up the air you breath !

    October 23, 2009 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  25. Jim Doyle

    Probably caught it from the swine...

    October 23, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
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