It's not hard to read between the lines in this News-Leader story about state Sen. Jack Goodman's tepid endorsement of Billy Long:
In a carefully worded statement Tuesday, Missouri State Sen. Jack Goodman encouraged people to vote for Billy Long to keep a Republican in Congress...
Goodman could not be reached for comment, but his campaign advertising manager, John Thompson, said he was authorized to release Goodman's statement:
"The Republican primary voters spoke on August 3, nominating Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate and Billy Long for U.S. Congress, and I respect the voice of the voters.
Goodman's lukewarm support for Long might have something to do with Long's campaign commercial calling him a "career politician" and suggesting he was behind "false ads" from an independent committee.
Of course, after winning the primary, Long falsely claimed that he never actually ran that ad we saw with our own eyes against Goodman and Sen. Gary Nodler. From Jim Lee's transcript of Long's recent appearance on KSFG:
You know I mean, there’s only, you know I ran for 18 months in the Republican primary never running against my opponents. I told who I was, what I was, what I did, what I wanna do in Washington and that’s what I want this to be.