Politico: Joe Wilson’s opponent lying low


For a high-profile campaign, Democrat Rob Miller is taking a surprisingly low-profile approach.

In the month since his opponent, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), shouted, “You lie!” at President Barack Obama during a nationally televised joint session of Congress — thus attracting national attention to what was otherwise expected to be a sleepy race — Miller hasn’t done much to capitalize on his newfound fame.

While close to $2 million in contributions from outraged Democrats has poured into his campaign coffers, Miller has yet to hold a town hall, rally or public event of any kind. He hasn’t even been in touch with local party officials in one of the two most populous counties in the district.

In fact, he has studiously avoided the spotlight, instead spending his time fundraising and highlighting his military record in what his campaign describes as a series of small, private meet-and-greet events with business and community leaders throughout South Carolina’s 2nd District. On Monday, Miller huddled with Democratic leaders in his home base of Beaufort County.

It’s a strategy, his backers say, that’s dictated by the nature of the conservative-minded, Columbia-area district — one that favored John McCain over Obama by a healthy 54 percent to 45 percent.

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