SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri congressman is apologizing to people offended by his online post that used the death of British singer Amy Winehouse to make a point about the federal government.
Republican Billy Long posted a message to Twitter on Monday saying: "No one could reach (hash)AmyWinehouse before it was too late. Can anyone reach Washington before it's too late? Both addicted -- same fate???"
Winehouse was found dead Saturday after struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for years. An autopsy did not determine what killed the 27-year-old.
Long says he thinks spending more than is collected also is an addiction.
Long told the Springfield News-Leader he meant no disrespect to Winehouse and apologized if anyone was offended.
Long, in his first term, represents the 7th Congressional District in southwestern Missouri.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com