Skip to comments.Rep. Stockman to primary Sen. Cornyn
Posted on 12/09/2013 7:02:46 PM PST by markomalley
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman (R) is launching a primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn (R), The Hill has confirmed with a Texas Republican Party spokesman.
Cornyn has long been thought vulnerable to a primary challenge, but until Stockman's entry into the race, he appeared to have escaped a prominent challenger.
The Tea Party-backed congressman filed to run just before the close of the filing deadline on Monday night. In comments to WND, Stockman said he decided to run because of Cornyn's clashes with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the conservative firebrand who was elected to the Senate in an upset in 2012.
We are extremely disappointed in the way he treated his fellow congressmen and broke the 11th commandment and undermined (Sen.) Ted Cruzs fight to stop Obamacare," Stockman said, citing former President Ronald Reagan's famous guideline that Republicans shouldn't speak ill of other Republicans.
Cornyn drew the ire of conservatives after withdrawing his support for and becoming an outspoken critic of Cruz's strategy to shut down the government in order to defund ObamaCare.
Texas Republican Party spokesman Spencer Yeldell confirmed that Stockman has withdrawn his application for his current congressional seat and filed for the Senate race. He said the state party will remain neutral in the primary, as it does in all races.
Cruz, notably, declined to endorse Cornyn's reelection bid, saying he plans to stay out of primary fights that endanger incumbents. His office reiterated that he wouldn't get involved in the race Monday night.
At least one prominent national conservative group is taking a look at the race.
"We haven't decided yet whether we will endorse Steve Stockman, but we're excited about the potential here. Texas deserves two conservative fighters in the Senate, not just one," said Matt Hoskins of the Senate Conservatives Fund, which endorsed Cruz in his race.
Hoskins said of Cornyn "he's part of the problem in Washington and voters deserve an alternative."
But Stockman will face a difficult fight. He had only $32,000 in the bank at the end of September, a paltry sum for a campaign in Texas, where media prices combined with the costs of traveling the state push campaign spending into the tens of millions.
And he'll have to answer questions during the primary about his apparent failure to disclose various business dealings in his congressional financial disclosure forms, as revealed in a recent Houston Chronicle investigation.
His penchant for off-beat comments and crusades he's an outspoken advocate for impeaching President Obama and his campaign is selling a bumper sticker that reads "If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted" may make him an easy target for establishment attacks.
A survey from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling out in November showed Cornyn at 46 percent approval among GOP primary voters, and 49 percent said they'd like a more conservative candidate in the race.
But Cornyn has been preparing for reelection with the possibility of a primary fight in mind, raising nearly $7 million by the end of September and launching an early campaign ad touting his conservative bona fides.
For his part, Stockman said he's looking forward to a "vigorous campaign," and though he sounded a cautious note on his run, he drew an implicit comparison to Cruz's upset in an appraisal of his own chances.
I dont know that I can beat him, but I am sure going to try, he said. He added that he thinks he has a chance in the race because, In Texas, conservative policies win over stabbing fellow Republican in the back.
He's also been a fierce defender of Cruz's controversial push to defund ObamaCare.
"I always thought Cruzs ploy, which was ridiculed by many of the party members, was brilliant," he said in late October. "People now know hes a man of principle. So, I think it was smart."
In response to Stockman's announcement, Cornyn's campaign manager Brendan Steinhauser touted the senator's conservative support and vote ranking from National Journal.
Endorsed by Texas Right to Life and ranked as the 2nd most conservative Senator in America, Senator Cornyn looks forward to discussing his conservative record with Texans," he said.
And the National Republican Senatorial Committee pledged to support Cornyn, a former NRSC chairman, in what spokesman Brad Dayspring called a "head-scratcher" of a primary challenge.
"John Cornyn is one of the most conservative Members in the Senate and strong leader for the state of Texas. We are proud to support Senator Cornyn and while this primary challenge is quite the head scratcher, it will be defeated," he said.
I will do whatever it takes to unseat Cornyn.
I do not like Cornyn for basically the same reasons as Stockman. So, I will definitely work for Stockman and try to get as many of my associates as I can to “see the light”.
If nothing else, Cornyn has been in the Senate waaaayyyyy to long and needs get a real job.
Cornball is seeking a third term; people in TX just don’t know anything else to do but keep him around. “He’s not that bad,” they will say.
stockman. rock solid conservative. no doubt. will support him with everything i can.
Kick some RINO ass Stockman!
Stockman is pretty confident, my guess is that he is planning on having a lot of publicity heading his way in the near future. My guess is that he will have a VERY good January, and coast into the seat! Its just a guess, but not an uneducated one.
Go Steve Go
John its not personal its business
maybe a tiny bit personal you weenie, RINO
Anyone else come to mind?
Nobody else has come forward.
He is the best bet now.
December 9th = Last day Democratic or Republican Party candidate may file an application for a place on the primary ballot (6 p.m.). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.023(a).
I believe Stockman made the deadline by 15 minutes.
AUSTIN Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) announced Monday he is leaving his United States House seat to challenge U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
You and I are in a foxhole fighting to save this constitutional Republic, but liberal John Cornyn is bayoneting us in the back, said Stockman. Liberal John Cornyn betrayed Ted Cruz and worked with Harry Reid to fund Obamacare.
Liberal John Cornyn wakes up every morning and works to make the Senate a more liberal place. Thats why I am running for the United States Senate. I have a 100% pro-gun, pro-life, conservative voting record in Congress, said Stockman.
Liberal John Cornyn cant run on his record, so he will start smearing and attacking me from day one, said Stockman.
As my friend Ted Cruz proved, Texans want conservative champions to represent them in the United States Senate. No one has been a more fearless conservative in Congress than I, said Stockman.
I stand with my friends Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Unlike liberal John Cornyn, I will not be Harry Reids Republican, said Stockman.
Stockmans House withdrawal and Senate candidacy were filed in Austin at 5:59 p.m. CT.
Would that other Republican leaders had the chutzpah this guy has!