Joe Wilson (R-SC 2nd) made a name for himself when he interrupted a speech President Obama was made before a joint session of Congress by screaming, “YOU LIE!”
Maybe he thought he would win himself a few points with his components in South Carolina. Perhaps he thought he can parlay his immediate fame to a fundraising blitz. Shortly after the outburst, he hauled more than $1 million in campaign contributions, so it might just have worked.
Wilson certainly launched himself out of an unknown to a darling — within the ultra-conservative base of the Republican party. His present bio, taken straight from his personal website, attests to that: