Three years have passed since Rep. Joe Wilson (R-2) went from being a fairly anonymous Congressman, to a name known in political circles from coast-to-coast. While Pres. Barack Obama was talking about his then-proposed health care bill before both chambers of Congress, Wilson had the type of spontaneous reaction that is rarely seen in contemporary politics. By now, everyone knows what Wilson said and that he apologized to the President afterwards.
What Wilson could not have known, is that he would become an in-demand speaker for his fellow house members. Wilson received millions in donations in the immediate aftermath of the incident by those who supported his view, if not necessarily the way he presented it.
But Wilson has proved to have staying power far beyond a single moment in time, and his schedule reflects that. With election day nearing, he is traveling the country in support of fellow Republicans and the military issues that were his calling card before he became the You Lie Guy.
Just in the last week Wilson visited the Austal Shipyards in Mobile, Ala. for the Christening of the USNS Choctaw County Joint High Speed Vessel. The ship contains engines made by MTU, which has a plant in Aiken.
He was in Missouri with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler in Wasrrensburg, MO for her “Defending Our Defenders” Event.
And on Saturday, Wilson will be in Michigan with Congressman Tim Walberg for a Tea Party rally entitled, “Liberty or Tyranny? The Election of a Lifetime.”
Wilson's office provided Patch with a statement in advance of tomorrow's trip:
"I always enjoy helping my fellow colleagues on the campaign trail. It has been an honor and a privilege to visit many of my fellow House Members' districts over the past few weeks. I look forward to several other trips scheduled in the coming weeks as we carry on the Republican cause."