Rep. Joe Wilson’s wife blasts Sen. Knotts during primary ballot debate
COLUMBIA — Congressman Joe Wilson’s wife angrily confronted a state senator Tuesday after he placed a legislative block on a measure that would allow many of the 180 disqualified candidates back on June primary ballots.
Roxanne Wilson, wife of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Lexington, shouted at state Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington after he and Sen. Robert Ford placed a minority report on a bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The report will make it harder for the measure to pass the full Senate.
Roxanne Wilson, standing next to Knotts, loudly told him that he owed an explanation to “every Lexington citizen” for his move.
She then continued to shout at Knotts as he left the hearing.
Wilson told a security officer that tried to stop her from pursuing Knotts to get out of the way.
“Get your hand off me,” she said before telling Knotts not to walk away from her.
After the officer asked her to lower her voice, Wilson told him “I don’t know who you are, but go away.”
Wilson and Knotts then met briefly behind closed doors and said they had resolved their differences, with Wilson kissing Knotts on the cheek.
“We made peace,” Wilson said.
Knotts said the two talk often.
Roxanne Wilson’s sister, Suzanne Moore, is running for clerk of court in Lexington County but was among the candidates knocked off the June ballot by a state Supreme Court ruling last week.
The court ruled candidates who didn’t file a paper copy of their required statement of economic interest at the same time they filed for election should be disqualified.
Incumbents do not have to meet the same requirement.
Knotts holds Joe Wilson’s former state Senate seat.
The Wilson family has a history of heated political rhetoric.
Joe Wilson famously shouted out “You lie!” as President Barack Obama addressed Congress in 2009.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly quoted Wilson’s exchange with the security officer. The Post and Courier regrets the error.
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