SC NAACP says Wilson outburst an embarrassment

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The state NAACP president says an outburst by a South Carolina congressman has embarrassed the state.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The state NAACP president says an outburst by a South Carolina congressman has embarrassed the state. Lonnie Randolph said Thursday the civil rights group is outraged and disappointed over comments by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who shouted "You lie" during President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday. The South Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says it has received calls from across the country from businesses and individuals denouncing Wilson’s comment. Randolph says health care is a civil rights issue. Some members of Wilson’s African-American congressional advisory committee resigned on Thursday. Columbia banker Nate Barber said he resigned to express his displeasure with Wilson’s behavior. ______ In photo: Lonnie Randolph, president of the South Carolina NAACP, talks about U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. outburst as an embarrassment to the state during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain) Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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