Joe Wilson turns GOP fundraising star

The congressman from South Carolina trades on his newfound fame and popularity with Republican donors

Topics: Republican Party, U.S. House of Representatives, War Room,

Doubt that Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., has become a hero to many ont he right since he called President Obama a liar in the middle of Obama’s address to Congress? You must not be on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s e-mail list.

Not many people get to sign their names to one of the NRCC’s fundraising e-mails. Its chair, Pete Sessions, does — so does House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., who’s the leader of the House’s conservative caucus. No one other than those three has done so since the end of June, at least not according to my inbox. But on Friday, Wilson did.

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The congressman has raised quite a bit of money for himself since his outburst; now, apparently, the NRCC has decided he can pull in the big bucks for the other candidates. Given what I saw at the 9/12 protest in Washington, D.C. a couple weeks ago — lots of signs praising Wilson, and adopting his theme — they’re probably right.

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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