Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, just issued a response to the accusations that have been leveled against him by his fellow GOP candidate for Seventh District Congress, Billy Long:
During the last few days candidate Billy Long has abandoned both honesty and decency. He is running a totally false attack ad accusing me of two things that are untrue. First he has charged that Americans for Job Security, an organization that is running an ad critical of Long’s vote in favor of a wasteful federal earmark, are my “buddies”. Mr. Long is lying. I have never met anyone from the organization, I have never communicated with anyone from this organization. Long’s claim is a lie, pure and simple.
The second problem with the ad is that it attacks me for voting for $100 million for a single developer. The problem is that the Missourilegislature has never appropriated $100 million for a single developer in the form of an appropriation or in the form of a tax credit; there is no $100 million dollar program that I know of.
The only program that I am aware of involving development is a tax credit for development of property in St. Louis Missouri. That credit does not reach $100 million over its entire multi-year lifetime. It could not possibly be what Mr. Long is referring to, because the lobbyist for that effort is James Harris of the Billy Long campaign.
Billy Long should stop spending the last few days of this campaign lying about his opponents and try to find one good reason for a voter in this district to support him!