Not that it would matter to the jump-to-anything-bad-that-happens-is-a-rightwing-conspiracy, but it's a fact. Clay County is solid Republican, via Wiki:
The county has been solidly Republican for decades. In the last 16 years the only Republican to receive less than 60% was Bob Dole, who still won the county by nearly 25%. In 2008 John McCain received 77.5% of the vote.But another fact is that he wasn't killed because he was a census worker.
The hanging of Bill Sparkman according to two sources within the KBI, Sparkman stumbled onto a meth lab and was killed because "that's what they do with you when you're in the wrong place.
Big Creek, where Sparkman was killed, is on the Kentucky State Police's list for meth labs, and in fact the address of the lab, 5693 S. Hwy 66 in Big Creek, isn't far from where he was found.
In fact Clay County is infested with with an abundance of meth labs and marijuana fields, and it's amazing that the Census Bureau would not have warned Sparkman of the dangers of the area.
We'll know once the investigation is complete, but right now it appears that Spearman was killed by drug dealers. If anyone has questions to answer, it should be why the Census Bureau sends it's workers into such areas without warning.