Billy Long: Missouri's Tea Party Congressman Has 10th Highest Staff Salary Among Freshmen

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Billy Long is a professional auctioneer. So, yes, he knows a thing or two about bidding.
He campaigned on a message that the "liberals of this country are bankrupting our country and threatening our values."

But the freshman Missouri Congressman who famously noted that the his district was Tea Party "before Tea Party was cool" is also one of he biggest spenders among his freshman class of new U.S. representatives.

Billy Long, the Republican who took over the Seventh District seat from Senator Roy Blunt, spent $204,498 outfitting his office staff for the first three months of 2011, making him the tenth-highest paying boss among the House's 92 freshmen representatives. By contrast, Joe Walsh, a conservative newcomer representing the west and north suburbs of Chicago was the most frugal new freshman. He spent just $98,900 on pay to his office staff, according to an analysis by watchdog agency LegiStorm.

To be fair to Congressman Long, he did spend less on staff in the first quarter than the $246,911 that the average member of Congress spent on salary. Then again, freshmen usually spend less than incumbents in the first months of their term as they build up staff. The other Missouri freshman, Vicky Hartzler (R - Fourth District) spent $184,000 on her office staff from January through March.

You can check out what the other six incumbent Missouri representatives spent on salary and how much each of their staffers earned at Legistorm. For the record, JoAnn Emerson (R - Eighth District) spent the most on staff salaries of the Missouri incumbents at $286,0744; Sam Graves (R - Sixth District) spent the least at $207,413.


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I lived in that area for about 9 years, Let me tell you Billy Long is one of the worst auctioneers in that area,   He would try to put items on your ticket that you did not buy.  He cuts people down at his auctions.  Billy Long is a teabagger and a joke, but most people won't stand up to him,   His other auctioneers are nice like Gary and a couple of others that helped him.   I'm glad I live in Vegas and yes Billy would never be our congress man here and thank god for that


Billy Long is what is wrong about our U.S. House of Representatives... out of touch with main stream American and a zealot inept fool that cares only for self and big contributors.


This guy is an inept fool of the rich and big oil. He was too chicken to even debate his opponent. TeaPooty values will only serve to run us into a depression. Cut spending now?? Remember 1929? More tax cuts for the Rich. Yes that works so well. All ideas tried and true - they haven't worked for 12 years now so lets try them again and again.

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Only and inbred idiot would suggest that spending more money is the way to solve this nation's deficit crisis. Try it in your own finances and let me know how it works out for you stupid.  Further, it is the policies enacted during the depression, this "free lunch" mentality that has got us where we are fiscally. Further comments to someone at this genetic level are useless.

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