Earl Long was Huey's brother and served 3 terms as Gov as Louisiana after Huey. Both Longs were crooked, but colorful characters. Good catch Gabriel, Smathers was a good friend of Kennedy and was in Kennedy's wedding. He was also a segregationist.
What stands out for me about Smathers was a supposed speech he gave (he didn't, but it ended up being printed and attributed to him.) He was running against Claude Pepper in Florida for Peppers Senate seat. This has been called the "redneck" speech as supposedly Smathers used it on the rural population of Florida.
It's really kind of funny when you read and think of what the rural 1950 Florida was like.
A reporter made up a hoax that Smathers gave a speech to a rural audience using fancy words to create the implication that Pepper was sinister. Smathers reportedly had said, "Are you aware that Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert? Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law, and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper before his marriage habitually practiced celibacy,"