McCollum PAC donates $1,000 to defeat Joe Wilson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., announced today that her leadership political action committee will donate $1,000 to the Democratic opponent of Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., in the wake of his remarks to President Obama last night.

In a rare breach of protocol, Wilson interrupted Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress by shouting “You lie!” after the president said that the Democratic health care bills would not cover illegal immigrants.

The incident shocked members of both parties and the audience sitting above the House floor in the gallery.

“Rep. Wilson’s words were an insult to the president of the United States and an embarrassment to the U.S. House of Representatives,” McCollum said in a statement, which also encouraged other Democrats to work to support Wilson’s opponent.  “He crossed a line of protocol and decency that may be acceptable for angry ‘tea baggers’ at a rally, but is completely unacceptable for a member of Congress in the House Chambers.”

Wilson’s office issued an apology after the speech. Wilson also phoned the White House to apologize, and Obama quickly accepted the apology. “I’m a big believer that we all make mistakes,” the president said. “He [Wilson] apologized quickly and without equivocation, and I’m appreciative of that…”

Wilson’s opponent in the state’s 2nd congressional district is Democrat Rob Miller, who lost to Wilson in 2008 by 46 percent to 54 percent.

So far this year, McCollum’s leadership PAC has donated money to Democrats from states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Maryland.

McCollum, who sits on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees, is also a member of Democratic leadership.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by catherine hodgson on 09/10/2009 - 07:21 pm.

    Wilson Is a Disgrace and should be removed! This is an embarrassament to our Country and shows such weakness. We do NOT need People like Pep Wilson representing anything in the USA.
    My father fought for the People of this Country of ours, not the dirt inwhich we stand.

  2. Submitted by david granneman on 09/14/2009 - 01:29 pm.

    i am glad to see there is one honest politician in washington. i sent a contribution to joe wilson.

  3. Submitted by Dave Francis on 09/15/2009 - 08:34 pm.

    The bombardment of American fists at the doors of Congress must be heard, to make E-Verify a permanent illegal immigrant enforcement tool? It’s incredulous that we are winning small wars against our lawmakers beneficiaries–the special interest lobby. LEGISLATORS ARE FINALLY HEARING OUR ANGRY VOICES. Rep. Joe Wilson C-SC opened the eyes of millions of Americans, who are been left unaware of the cloaked–AMNESTY–committees that is going to rip the fabric of every voters life apart. I do not condone Rep.Joe Wilson (R-SC) outburst in the full Congress. But Rep. Wilson was–CORRECT! Unless there is some efficient mechanism to identify illegal immigrants applying for the government health care, such as revised E-Verify? They cannot be detected and delivered to ICE. Just indicating illegal immigrants wasn’t qualified in the wording is a waste of time, just like the billions spent on these people annually There’s also language in the senate bill that states that if one family member is an American citizen (anchor baby) then the entire household will be eligible for coverage. Any detail in the national media has been subdues or intentionally omitted, as with the crowds of Tea Party opponents. Sen. Harry Reid could be stretching his neck out for the headsman in his re-election campaign, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They both have used their political influence in trying to overturn E-Verify. Pro-Illegal alien lawmakers could table it, under the “Sunset Provision” on September 30?

    President Obama’s direction towards an unmentionable path to citizenship for all those who broke our law is abhorrent. After the controversial eruption in the Session of Congress, they surely must be aware that imposing immigration reform on the people could break them? Americans taxpayers are already supporting business welfare? Corporate entities want these destitute people here to exploit, but don’t want to pay for their health care, schooling or towards the massive numbers surviving in prison. They leave that to the fading middle class taxpayers who carry the tax burden? Over a decade has passed since illegal people started coming here in droves and with little or no laws, to blockade their arrival we are now talking over 20 million. Nor does it stop there? Owing to the clarion call of Amnesty ringing out in the slums and ghetto’s of foreign criminals, sick, elderly and those without means, from all over the world will descend on us. IT MEANS OVERPOPULATION?

    Bad as it may be now, who is going to subsidize the new arrivals? Not the business cartels that’s for sure? Once again taxpayers will be heavily taxed to pay for the new shipment of poor, uneducated from every region. How can we expect to have any government public option for our own people, when our gates remain wide open for “Anchor Babies” and the illegal millions expecting a free handout? A nurse in a Nevada hospital indicated they have a row of beds of illegal immigrants on dialysis, which was costing weekly $18.000 dollars for each treatment. Tell me who pays for that? The US government pays a small portion; the rest is acquired from the hospital or taxpayer.

    I want a single payer system for homeless veterans, seniors, single mothers with children and poor American families. But I refuse to pay for everybody who climbs, crawls under the fence or bluffs the Federal officer at shipping ports and airports of entry. It’s not our responsibility. DON’T WAIT! PESTER YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY AT 202-224-3121? Find true facts by GOOGLING NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIAL WATCH & IMMIGRATION COUNTERS

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