Billy Long ad sparks questions

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) If it’s Billy Long, it’s starting another controversy on the blogosphere. Billy Long’s ad

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) If it’s Billy Long, it’s starting another controversy on the blogosphere.

Billy Long’s ad “Fed Up,” running in Joplin on KOAM and KFJX, has taken criticism from folks around the district for allegedly using people who are not from the area, who were possibly paid actors.

Long’s campaign was very forthcoming. Without prompting (on a call for another story we’re working on,) media contact Royce Reding said, “I can assure you those were volunteers,” saying, “They’re people from the community.” He said they, “were not paid.”

“If they were really volunteers, we would have seen them. We all go to the same events,” said one GOP campaign official, who wished to speak on anonymity.

A Springfield woman told TFJ she saw Billy Long, “in a park, alone, waving his arms around,” but had no idea what was going on.

The James N. Harris Company, the political consulting firm out of Jefferson City which produced Long’s ad, has not yet responded to TFJ’s request for comment.

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