When Roy Blunt announced he was not seeking re-election in the Missouri’s 7th District, a slew of hopeful candidates stepped forward. After the August 3rd primaries, the two top candidates are Democrat Scott Eckersley and Republican Billy Long. Blunt is running for Missouri’s Senate seat.
Scott Eckersley has started airing political commercials on television even though the General Election is still over a month away. The Fuse Joplin reports that the ad, which can be seen on Eckersley’s YouTube channel, starts running during the six o’clock local news on KYTV on September 22, 2010.
In the ad Eckersley says he is a pro-life candidate who is fed up with the spending in Washington. Not only is Eckersley coming across as a moderate Democrat in the ad campaign but he is also turning Billy Long’s slogan against him.
The Springfield News-Leaderreports that the men vying for votes on November 2nd have less than stellar voting records when it comes to elections. Eckersley has voted twice in the past eight years including once on August 3rd for the primary. Billy Long has voted 13 times in the same time period.
It appears that Billy Long has been more involved in the American process. He has voted 62 percent of the time over the past eight years.
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Eckersley’s ad is well timed. He just wrapped up a ten day tour of southwest Missouri when he finished his tour in Jasper and Newton Counties. In that stop, Eckersley promised to freeze Congressional salaries including his own.
Billy Long’s motto is “Fed up?” and it has worked well in his campaign. He is already visible as he owns a large auctioneer firm in Springfield. Former Congressmen Mel Hancock has endorsed Long and hopes his name will add more votes. Billy Long has three advertisements on his website but none have been on television as of yet. Long has not made any tours of the area as of yet.
Scott Eckersley has a vigorous campaign. “Check Eck” is his slogan and he even comes across as a moderate just as Billy Long does. Both want to change Washington and reel in spending. Eckersley is going to have daily ads except on Sundays.
Debates between the men will happen in early October. Billy Long has been largely unseen after the primaries while Eckersley has hit the ground running. Billy Long is an established name in southwest Missouri. He’s also older and perhaps can’t take much moving around from county to county. Eckersley is young, has lots of energy, and needs to get his name out in just about any way he can.
My take on the general election is that it should be a very spirited campaign. Both men seem more similar in their views than they do different. Both men have catchy slogans, are opinionated, and both want to change things in Washington. How they have run their campaigns so far seems to be more than just a preference in style.
Scott Eckersley definitely has more energy and spunk. He’s young, a family man, and religious. Billy Long is a household name but he looks tired and worn out. It’s the Duke boys versus Boss Hogg. Eckersley is young and quick while Billy Long is slow and lumbering. Either way, southwest Missouri voters will have a tough choice to make in November.
Each candidate’s website provided information for this article as did the Springfield News-Leader and the Fuse Joplin.