SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A KY3 News story on Thursday about an FBI agent interviewing a political blogger from Ozark mushroomed across the country on Friday, from Glenn Beck's radio show to the internet's Drudge Report. On Friday, the office of Congressman Billy Long, R-Springfield, released a statement on the issue. Long's press secretary said his office can’t comment on this case per a request of Capitol Police, the agency charged with protecting members of Congress.
"We will continue to work with the Capitol Hill Police and will follow their advice at every turn, as we have thus far," the statement from Rep. Long's office read.The FBI agent, accompanied by Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott, questioned Clay Bowler at his home in Christian County to see whether he was any threat to Rep. Long. Bowler created a website called "Long is Wrong." He was critical of Long during Billy’s campaign for U.S. Representative last summer, and even confronted him with a camera after some campaign events to try to get Long to answer some pointed questions about his positions. Bowler closed his "Long is Wrong" website when Rep. Long won the Congressional seat.
Many news outlets across the nation picked up the story about Bowler. Some who read or heard the story commented that Bowler was singled out solely because of his blog; they complain it's a violation of his right to free speech.