Young Guns Invite Billy Long To The Fight

Billy Long obviously has a lot of affection for the so-called “Young Guns” of the Republican Party, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Roy Blunt’s former chief deputy), the GOP’s House budget guru Paul Ryan, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Long  recently tweeted about their appearance on Sean Hannity’s show, as the conservative gunslingers were promoting their new book, “Young Guns: The Next Generation of American Leaders.”

Now Long has made some news of his own.

Last night at a sparse gathering of Young Republicans at Missouri State University, Long said this:

Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy have formed what they call the Young Guns and they talked to me about being part of the Young Guns and I’m 55 years old and I’m like if you want to call me young on anything that’d be great.  

Ironically, the Young Guns’ book reportedly is critical of past GOP leadership, which would include our own Roy Blunt, whom Billy Long enthusiastically—and financially—supports.  Here’s a sample from the book via the Washington Post:

“Under Republican leadership in the early 2000’s, spending and government got out of control,” McCarthy writes. “As government grew, there were scandals and political corruption. The focus became getting reelected rather than solving problems and addressing pressing issues.”

The “scandals” and “political corruption” referenced by the Young Guns would, of course, include the Jack Abramoff scandal, with whom Roy Blunt had, shall we say, a “relationship.”  Here is the opening of a 2006 story from USAToday:

Rep. Roy Blunt and the man he wants to succeed as House majority leader, Tom DeLay, shared similar connections to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and to corporate lobbyists.

Blunt, R-Mo., wrote at least three letters helpful to Abramoff clients while collecting money from them. He swapped donations between his and DeLay’s political groups, ultimately enriching the Missouri political campaign of his son Matt.

And Blunt’s wife and another son, Andrew, lobby for many of the same companies that donate to the lawmaker’s political efforts.

Hmmm. Billy Long says on his website, “We can’t expect to change Washington DC unless we are willing to change the type of people that we send to Washington.”

Okay. But in November of last year, Long forked over $1000 to Roy Blunt—before Blunt won his primary race—and Blunt recently said of Long, “He will be a great Congressman.”  At last night’s Young Republican gathering, Long encouraged the youngsters to get involved in the action:

We really, really need to turn out the vote, particularly in my race and Roy Blunt’s race.

I can understand why the potential new Young Gun would want folks to come out and support his chance to share the national stage with hot young stars in the Republican Party, but I’m at a loss to understand why a self-described fed-up citizen-legislator would want folks to come out and support a multi-term, scandal-tainted Congressman who wants to take his tired political act all the way to the U.S. Senate.

Unless the self-described fed-up citizen-legislator is hiding something under his hat.

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Here is a video of last night’s speech in Springfield, which also shows Long refusing to acknowledge a questioner in the audience.  The comment about the Young Guns is at 3:26:

2 Comments

  1. Billy Long doesn’t want to answer the question about why he made the $1000 campaign contribution to Roy Blunt because that action speaks louder than his fed up, young gun words.

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  2. ansonburlingame

     /  September 16, 2010

    Well, let’s look at what is going on, really.

    First, two Republican candidates support one another. OMG, colusion to to keep doing things the “same old way”, you say. I didn’t hear that. I just heard a Republican supporting a Republican.

    Can you imagine a “new guy on the political scene” challenging or demeaning an “old timer” that still is very powerful and popular around here. Also would that not be akin to Carnahan taking shots directly at President Obama?

    But more important, let’s take a look at what the “young guns” are saying and doing.

    To me they expouse a strong repudiation of the “old days” of Republican fiscal government. They say it directly that those old ways are no longer applicable. Well, Hooray, that is what I have been saying as well.

    WE CAN’T GO BACK TO REPUBLICAN POLITICS OF OLD as practiced by the “old” Roy Blunt and many others. We must instead move forward to something new. And the new things being proposed by the “young guns”. YOu might not like what they propose but it is NEW, not old Republican solutions to current issues, economically.

    Oh that we had some “young gun” Dems saying the ways of the past two years are a failure and we must now move forward with “OUR” proposals.

    Then, God forbid we could have an election about which side has the best “new ways” not repeats of the distant or recent past, just new and hopefully thoughtful ways to fix our current mess.

    For NOW it seems the “young guns” as Republicans are doing just that. Democrats propose more of the same or await the Debt Commission to tell them how they should change.

    HM. Now who would YOU vote for if you were new to the political scene?

    Anson

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