While I don't entirely agree with the spokesman idea (how do you decide who that is? we can barely agree to FPS rules on a field) I don't think Brian was necessarily saying 'he' should be the spokesman, I think he was discussing the concept.
I've thought on and off about this problem for a while and come to no conclusion.
The parallels between paintball and airsoft are there but there are significant differences too. The paintball industry and manufacturers had a lot to do with pushing its acceptance by downplaying military simulation and realistic guns - precisely things that make airsoft appealing. There are many other differences as well, but I'm too tired to repeat them in this thread for the nth time...