- ISIL creates all-female brigade to terrorize women into following Sharia law
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- Obama to Latin leaders: Help with border
- Military bans troops from Baptist church event honoring ‘God’s Rescue Squad’
- ‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war
- Belgian cafe posts sign: Dogs allowed, but Jews stay out
- Gen. Dempsey: Pentagon studying Russian readiness plans not viewed ‘for 20 years’
- John McCain: Botched, two-hour execution of murderer is ‘torture’
- House GOP ready to move border bill
- Bomb squad called after live WWII artillery washes on Cape Cod beach
GOP lawmaker’s heckling draws fire, cash
Question of the Day
A DCCC aide said in all, Mr. Miller has raised more than $200,000 from more than 5,000 individuals.
The DCCC tried to amplify that figure in a fundraising email that accused Mr. Wilson of having “screamed” at Mr. Obama.
“Calling the president of the United States a liar in front of the nation is a new low even for House Republicans and it deserves the strongest response we can give,” the DCCC wrote, asking for help raising $100,000 in 48 hours to “send a message” that the heckling is “truly an outrage.”
MoveOn.org started its own petition using Mr. Wilson, telling its millions of supporters: “We can’t afford to let right-wing extremists like Joe Wilson hold health care reform hostage.”
In addition, right-leaning blogs posted links to contribute to Mr. Wilson, with RedState calling the lawmaker a “hero.” And liberals mounted an effort to send complaints to Mr. Wilson.
The congressman’s congressional and political Web sites were bombarded with traffic while his phone lines were jammed Wednesday night. The House site finally warned visitors it was “down for maintenance.”
Mr. Wilson, who easily won his seat in a 2001 special election, is a staunch opponent of Mr. Obama’s plan.
The shouting incident shocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, whose mouth dropped open as she turned toward the Republican side of the chamber. In video images, Mrs. Pelosi appeared to whisper Mr. Wilson’s name to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who sat beside her behind the president.
Former Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, now a Pennsylvania Democrat, offered a sharp critique of Mr. Wilson and called for legislative action.
“There ought to be a reprimand or censure of Rep. Joe Wilson to discourage that kind of conduct in the future,” Mr. Specter wrote on Twitter Thursday.
Mr. Specter said he did not find the apology statement “adequate.”
Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, called Mr. Wilson’s comment “totally disrespectful.”
Mr. Wilson’s son, South Carolina attorney Alan Wilson, this week announced a bid to be the state’s attorney general.
About the Author
Christina Bellantoni is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., a post she took after covering the 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns. She has been with The Times since 2003, covering state and Congressional politics before moving to national political beat for the 2008 campaign. Bellantoni, a San Jose native, graduated from UC Berkeley with ...
TWT Video Picks
President wants everyone but himself to pay more
- U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya amid violent clashes between militias
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- Rahm Emanuel: Send illegal immigrant shelter kids to Chicago
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- Obama: U.S. should 'embrace an economic patriotism that says we rise or fall together'
- Ted Nugent loses second casino gig for 'racist remarks'
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- EDITORIAL: Obama's 'economic patriotism' means higher taxes
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq