SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Whoever wins the election on Nov. 2 for the congressional seat from far southwestern Missouri, he’ll be a newcomer to the Washington political scene. Whether he can “deliver” to the “homefolks” is an unknown. That was one of the questions put to Billy Long for this profile.
Billy Long has been working crowds, meeting and greeting potential voters. Even though a Republican has represented the Seventh District since 1961, Long says he’s taking nothing for granted in the final days of the campaign
“There's been many a slip between the cup and lip,” he said.
Long has the political winds of favor blowing in his direction from the top of the Republican Party ticket.
“(Former Congressman) Mel Hancock and (current Congressman) Roy Blunt said the other day, ‘I'll help you get started and get you on the right track,’” said Long.
So he's keeps on message and preaching to the choir on “Obamacare,” the derisive name that opponents give to the federal health care reform law passed this year.