Friday, January 14, 2011

Our Blogger Friend, Bungalow Bill, gets a visit from the FBI

Local blogger claiming FBI intimidation

Local blogger Clay Bowler said newly-elected 7th District Rep. Billy Long has tried to silence him before. And, after the FBI paid him a visit at his Ozark home Jan. 12, he thinks he’s trying to do it again.

“It’s political payback,” Bowler said after visiting Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle Jan. 13 apprising him of the FBI investigation.

Bowler writes the Bungalow Bill’s Conservative Wisdom blog and said he’s been critical of Long since his candidacy for Congress. Bowler is also the author of the Long is Wrong blog that’s been gone since Long won the general election in November.

“I’ve poked fun at Billy,” Bowler said. “Part of it was satire—exposing Billy as not being a real Tea Party candidate.”
Bowler said Long even offered him a job on his campaign if he would give up his critical blogging.

Bowler was accompanied to the Sheriff’s Department by Michael Wardell, Nixa, who was also on the Republican primary ticket. Wardell said he just wanted to support his friend in what he believes to be intimidation.

From Christian County Headliner via Goomba News Network.


Bungalow Bill said...

Thanks for the support.

LL said...

I've read Bungalow Bill's blog and I think he walks a tight line between Constitutionally protected speech and harassment when it comes to Billy Long.

Amusing Bunni said...

This is bad! This is also why I just post cute kitteh vids. You can't speak out against the regime, or you get this treatment. Bad, bad, indeed!

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Good Luck Bungalow Bill. Opie, did you shamelessly steal this from Nickie? I'm with Bunni, cute kittehs are nice.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

The complaint is based on "a fake e-mail sent to media, including the Headliner News, that Eckersley had quit the campaign just short of election day." The charge is campaign fraud . . . to the benefit of Long. Can't imagine that BB would do anything to help Long, but then, I'm no lawyer.

Teresa said...

This stinks to high heaven! I support Bungalow Bill and his right to free speech. This intimidation must stop!

Red said...

@ LL: He was riding Long's campaign pretty hard and thorough. Probably why Long feels sore.

Red said...

You've been totally linked!

Maggie Thornton said...

Missouri Obamaphiles went nuts as the mid-terms approached.

I don't remember why BB was opposed to Long, but he certainly has the right to ask questions and expect answers. Long apparently provided nothing to show the FBI or the sheriff who strayed from his jurisdiction, that Bowler was a threat.