Many of you know conservative blogger Clay Bowler as Bungalow Bill at Bungalow Bill’s Conservative Wisdom. Clay is being investigated by the FBI, and by a sheriff with no jurisdiction in the county where Bowler lives. Newly elected Republican Congressman Billy Long, who Bowler opposed verbally on his blogs, believes the obviously effective blogger is a threat to his personal safety . The “Tucson shootings” Political payback has likely prompted the investigation, in the name of saving the lives of public officials from their inquiring constituents. See the threat in the video below.
Newly elected, U.S. Congressman Billy Long (R-MO-7th) caught Bowler’s written wrath during the mid-term election campaign through Bowler’s blog Long is Wrong, which was taken off the web after the November elections. Bowler says he has not spoken with Long since September.
Is this the what we have to look forward to? Accuse a politician of “cronyism” and “corruption,” and get swept up in an FBI investigation?
Bowler says he was shocked to find an FBI agent, and the sheriff of another county on his doorstep.
The agent asked Bowler if he was a threat to Long, a notion Bowler finds laughable.
I’m not a threat to Billy Long,” Bowler said Thursday. “I find the whole thought very funny, because I’m such an advocate for constitutional rights that I would never do anything that would put in jeopardy those constitutional rights like the Second Amendment.”
Bowler published a blog in 2010 — Long Is Wrong — and said he campaigned against Long because he didn’t think the Springfield businessman would be a good representative for southwest Missouri. Bowler took down the site after the November election, when Long defeated Democrat Scott Eckersley to replace outgoing Rep. Roy Blunt.
Bowler acknowledges confronting Long as some campaign events, but says he did not threaten Long.
Bowler was puzzled why Arnott accompanied the FBI agent. Arnott is sheriff of Greene County. Bowler lives several miles into Christian County.
When it came to the actual investigation, Bowler told the news station the FBI was cordial, but it’s still worrisome that somehow he got put on a list and that local and federal law officials showed up at his door. But, he added, he was told he has been cleared and is not a threat.
Congressman Long’s office is not returning phone calls from The Blaze. Dang, I hate hearing that a Republican candidate-elected official can’t take some hard questions from a passionate conservative.
UPDATE: Bowler posted what I consider an endorsement of his integrity today, written by former congressional candidate, Tim Davis. Here’s a snippet:
…this is not Clay’s first brush with the Federal government. In December, the Federal Election Commission ended a six-month inquiry into his coverage of the 7th district race. The F.E.C. ultimately concluded that Clay did nothing wrong, but only after forcing him to mount a costly defense.
This incident with Mr. Bowler and the FBI is no small matter. If the FBI and Sheriff Arnott acted in good faith, they are plainly inept. If they acted in bad faith, it was for the purpose of silencing a political critic. They felt they could get away with it. And the people of SW Missouri owe it to themselves to protest in the strongest terms.
The fact is, if Long really feels threatened for his personal safety and the safety of his staff, it might be a good thing to talk to the media and describe the threats he deemed to be violent in nature.
Long hasn’t done so, so we can come to only one conclusion – there is no real threat to Long, but Long’s overtly false accusations is a decided threat to Bowler’s constitutional rights to express his opposition to a candidate. Visit Bungalow Bill’s Conservative Wisdom .
Clay Bowler Shows Video of Exchange with Billy Long