Friday, September 11, 2009

Some more things about Congressman Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson, Sr.

Well apparently, he has a financial issues.  According to the Congressional Quarterly Politics (CQ Politics), he has more debts than assets. 

In Wilson's case, he updated a form revealing what he owned in 2008. The new version, filed at the end of July, has different assets than he identified in May.
Wilson now reports that his assets at year's end (not counting his residence) fall somewhere between $952,000 and $2,030,000.
Much of that was tied up in property owned by the Moseley Wilson Partnership.
His debts, in the form of personal loans and mortgages, fall somewhere between $880,012 to $1,930,000.
The major differences between the two reports are the addition of Exxon-Mobil stock worth $15,000 or less and a property in Springdale, S.C., worth between $50,001 and $100,000.
Well, looks like his gamble, I mean outburst was an attempt to get the fundraising efforts off the ground.  However, according the DCCC his Democratic opponent, Rob Miller, has raised over $2,000,000 from 25,000 contributors in the last 48 hours.  Damn!  That some major dough in 2 days.

Also according to the Institute of Southern Studies, Addison was one of the many South Carolina State Senators that voted to keep the Confederate flag on the SC State Capitol grounds in 2000.  He's also a member of the Sons of Confederacy, which doesn't scream "non-bias" at all.  ***eye roll***

This is a quote from Addison discussing the vote and defending the Confederacy from a BBC News report:
"That's offensive to me that they would take my heritage and make it into a Holocaust era type description. I find that very offensive, and it's not true," Senator Wilson said. "The Southern heritage, the Confederate heritage is very honourable."
Oh, how precious!  He thinks the radical group of individuals fighting to maintain to right to enslave people to maintain their economic dominance was honorable.  You get a gold star for being an a-hole.  This guy is a gift that keeps on giving and his skeletons are just creeping out of the closet.

In 2003, Wilson called it "unseemly" for the mixed-race daughter of Sen. Strom Thurmond, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, to identify the longtime South Carolina senator as her father after his death.
"It's a smear on the image that (Thurmond) has as a person of high integrity who has been so loyal to the people of South Carolina," he told The State newspaper of Columbia. Wilson had worked as an intern in Thurmond's office. After a public outcry, he said he had the utmost respect for Washington-Williams.

Apparently, his last election wasn't a "clean sweep" in South Carolina's 2nd Congressional district.  He beat his opponent Rob Miller by only 8% in a district that is more right-of-center.  So its doesn't bode well for Addison Graves Wilson, Sr. come next year after all this stuff have come out of the closet, or does it?  You never known when it comes to the South and its bizarre congressional districts because all the odds could be stacked against the idiot candidate (in this case is a socially conservative and obviously not racially progressive Republic) and they can still win.  Just look at what happened here in Birmingham where the idiot candidate won even though his opponent was clearly the better choice.

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