GOP Senate Candidate: I’m Not Giving Back Joe Wilson Money

By Gorman Gorman

Sep 10, 2009 4:44pm

ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: The Connecticut Democratic Party is using $8,000 worth of donations from the man whom they have dubbed Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson, R-S.C., to impugn former Rep. Rob Simmons, the Connecticut Republican who is hoping to be the GOP's Senate nominee against embattled Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd. Contacted by ABC News, Simmons indicated that he has no plans to return the Wilson funds."I think that was quite a long time ago, wasn't?" said Simmons who had not personally seen the press release from the Connecticut Democratic Party. Asked about Wilson's outburst, Simmons said, "All I know from reading the newspapers, is that a representative made a comment and then apologized." Simmons then attempted to turn the tables on Dodd who announced earlier this week that he has decided to keep the Senate Banking Committee gavel instead of moving to become chairman of the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee which used to be chaired by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. "Maybe Chris Dodd needs to be giving back some banker money," said Simmons. "I think he should begin by giving back all the banker money that he has been stuffing into his pockets this year," he added. Simmons says that if he were to ever become chairman of a Senate Committee, he will not accept money from the industries he is charged with overseeing. He would, however, raise money from them if he were merely a junior member.

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