Rep. Wilson misses Bachmann rally
August 18th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Rep. Wilson misses Bachmann rally

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - It was probably a bite from a tick that kept Republican Rep. Joe Wilson from attending a rally for presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Thursday.

"I just put a call into Joe this morning. We were hoping he was going to be here," Bachmann said as she introduced one of Wilson's staffers at a rally in downtown Columbia.

Wilson's State Director Butch Wallace told the small crowd his boss is sorry he could not attend, but said the congressman came down with a case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a bacteria spread to humans through tick bites.

Wilson's communications director later released this statement.

"Congressman Wilson recently contracted an illness while working in his yard. Currently, he is taking antibiotics to treat symptoms of Lyme Disease. His condition is not contagious," Neal Patel said, adding that he is looking forward to a speedy recovery.

Wilson was an early endorser of presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, who recently bowed out of the race after a poor standing in the Iowa Ames Straw Poll.

If it wasn't for the tick, this would have been Wilson's first appearance with another presidential candidate since Pawlenty dropped out last weekend.

Was Wilson going to throw his support behind the Minnesota congresswoman?

Not the case, according to Patel.

"Congressman Wilson is not endorsing anyone right now. He is visiting events of many Republican presidential candidates," Patel told CNN.

That is unless he gets another tick bite.

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Wilson • Michele Bachmann • South Carolina
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Jess C.

    Sure it was a tick bite; anyone would make any excuse to avoid having to hang out with bat crap crazy woman!

    August 18, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. mjw

    Is "Mr. Wilson" afraid he may impulsively blurt out to brainless Bachmann, "YOU LIE!!!!!"

    August 18, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. GunnerGA

    Based on Wilson's past comments, it would seem he has been suffering from Lyme Disease for quit sometime. Clearly there are little corkscrew worms in his brain that render the comments he does.

    August 18, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Indy

    So who was ticked off ? Wilson or Bachmann ?

    August 18, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. John

    Perhaps he came down with rabies.

    August 18, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. roccyraccoon

    Am I the only one to comment that this is all hogwash? Rocky Mountain stotted fever and Lyme's desease are 2 totally different diseases. Which lie is it?

    August 18, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Ken in NC

    "You Lie". He probably will not get another tic bite unless there is an event he doesn't care to attend.

    August 18, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. Garyd2

    He was going to stand in the crowd in front of Michele Bachmann and yell "You Lie" but then he lied, just a typical republican.

    August 18, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. Grand Oil (and Tea) Partiers

    Joey, make sure you call Bachmann a liar!!!

    August 18, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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