In response to reports that the Democratic challenger to South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson had received $100,000 in contributions overnight from 3,000 individuals, nationally syndicated conservative talk show host Mike Gallagher took to the airwaves this morning to raise money for the now controversial 5-term Representative.
Wilson became a lightning rod for the Democratic Party after his outburst during President Barack Obama's speech on health insurance before a joint session of Congress last night. Wilson could be heard shouting "You lie!" after President Obama stated his health insurance plan would not cover illegal immigrants.
Gallagher called Representative Wilson a "hero" in standing up to the President and vowed he could raise in 30 minutes from listeners to his program the $100,000 opponents of Wilson raised overnight for 2008 (and 2010) Democratic challenger Rob Miller.
Gallagher was one of the early proponents of the on-line "Free Our Health Care Now" petition - whose 1.3 million signatures against the Democratic health care plan were delivered to lawmakers yesterday in D.C. before Obama's speech.
After a self-identified Republican called into Gallagher's program to criticize Rep. Wilson for his outburst - behavior the caller said conservatives criticized of liberals in their treatment of President George W. Bush during the past eight years - Gallagher told his listeners they needed to stand up for Wilson. Gallagher stated if Republicans did not stand with Wilson now, and "chickened out," they were the cause of the problems of the Republican Party today.
Gallagher then opened up his phone lines for phone contributions to Rep. Wilson's campaign.
After a five minute commercial break, Gallagher claimed his phone lines had crashed due to the overwhelming response from his listeners, and subsequently directed his audience to go to the Congressman's campaign website to contribute.
Gallagher said he would be making an on-line contribution after his show today.
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