Representative Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) grabbed most of the headlines for his “You Lie” outburst, but Illinois congressman John Shimkus (R-Il.) also made a not-so-nice statement about the president’s lofty oratory.
He got up and walked out.
A spokesman for Shimkus says that he has no plans to ditch the speech this time around.
"He wasn't planning to do that either. That just happened on the spur of the moment. That wasn't the plan," spokesman Doug Bugger told the Pantagraph.
Shimkus, a seven-term congressman, wasn’t planning on having a primary battle for the 19th district either. He’s run unopposed since 1996, but after the walkout incident his political armor may have been cracked. The stunt ended up on late night political talk shows and galvanized the opposition by making him the subject of a national fundraising effort.
Tim Bagwell, who's running on the Democratic ticket for the 19th district said he thinks the event might have helped his chances.