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Stockman Will Primary Cornyn
National Review Online ^ | December 9, 2013 8:18 PM | Betsy Woodruff

Posted on 12/09/2013 8:21:16 PM PST by SoConPubbie

At the very last minute, Representative Steve Stockman filed today to run challenge Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas in the 2014 elections.

Stockman, a darling of the grassroots with a penchant for controversial Twitter statements and headline-grabbing comments, is a very, very long shot. But he’s by far the most prominent threat to the senator, who has a number of other less well-known challengers. World Net Daily reported at about 7:30 p.m. today that the congressman would challenge Cornyn. The site says Stockman said he decided to run because he believes Cornyn “undermined Sen. Ted Cruz’s fight to stop Obamacare.” More from that article:

WND asked: What makes you think you can beat this entrenched incumbent?

“I don’t know that I can beat him, but I am sure going to try,” he said, adding that he thinks he has a shot because, “In Texas, conservative policies win over stabbing fellow Republicans in the back.”

Stockman will try to ride the wave of voter discontent with Obamacare.

In October, he was already predicting a silver lining to the failed attempt to defund the health-care law, telling WND, “In every loss, there can be a victory.”

Because Stockman filed so late, there aren’t any especially prominent East Texas Republicans running to fill his congressional seat, in southeast Texas’s 36th congressional district. As of 3:56 p.m., only Phil Fitzgerald, a former judge, and John Amdur (the address listed is a Houston P.O. box) have also filed to run for his seat. The surprising move has irked many Texas Republican insiders: One Austin consultant tells National Review Online that he believes Stockman went out of his way to keep his intentions secret from James White, a state representative from the district who probably would have run to fill the seat if he had known about Stockman’s statewide ambitions. 

White may just wait for 2016: “No doubt about it, James White will run next year,” the consultant says.

“It’s a disappointment,” he adds, noting that a victorious White would be the only African-American Republican in the House (Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate in 2013 and Allen West lost his reelection in 2012). 

UPDATE: Not everyone is disappointed. Matt Hoskins, the executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, tells National Review Online that his group is mulling an endorsement. 

“We haven’t decided yet whether we will endorse Steve Stockman, but we’re excited about the potential here,” he e-mails. ”Texas deserves two conservative fighters in the Senate, not just one. John Cornyn has voted to increase the debt, raise taxes, bail out Wall Street banks, and fund Obamacare. He’s part of the problem in Washington and voters deserve an alternative.”

Meanwhile, Cornyn’s office released a statement this evening touting his endorsement from Texas Right to Life.

“Senator Cornyn looks forward to discussing his conservative record with Texans,” said campaign manager Brendan Steinhauser in the statement.  


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 12/09/2013 8:21:16 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; House Atreides; Joe Miner; GrandJediMasterYoda; PJ-Comix; RoosterRedux; ...

Representative Steve Stockman is running against Cornyn Ping!


2 posted on 12/09/2013 8:24:40 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Apparently Stockman left lightweights in the race for his House seat. Not good. What do the once popular Demos have in SE TX?


3 posted on 12/09/2013 8:28:26 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Is this unknown Phil Fitzgerald then the rep.-elect from the district?


4 posted on 12/09/2013 8:29:09 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Where do I send money?


5 posted on 12/09/2013 8:31:02 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Where do I send money?

I'm assuming that this Donation Page will do:

Donate!!!
6 posted on 12/09/2013 8:34:19 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
Thanks!

Death to all RINOs!!!

That's a political metaphor.

7 posted on 12/09/2013 8:36:14 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Is this the new rep. that Stockman’s decision has set in place? If so, it may ruin Stockman.

BEAUMONT, Texas - A former Liberty County Judge and Commissioner, and a local businessman have all been indicted in a hurricane fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales
John “Phil” Fitzgerald, 51, of Liberty, Texas, Herman “Lee” Groce, 62, of Cleveland, Texas, and Mark Wayne Miksch, 52, of LaVernia, Texas, were named in a 25-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Jan. 26, 2011. The defendants have been summoned and will make their initial appearances on Feb. 1, 2011 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Earl S. Hines


8 posted on 12/09/2013 8:36:23 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Yes!


9 posted on 12/09/2013 8:55:05 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Uh, why am I here?!??!??”....

Different Stockman...


10 posted on 12/09/2013 8:59:11 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

That was Stockdale.


11 posted on 12/09/2013 8:59:30 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SoConPubbie

Excellent news. Stockman has a real shot. We do need a solid conservative to replace him in the House though. Any info from his district?


12 posted on 12/09/2013 9:06:27 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

Nothing to stop James White from running still is there?


13 posted on 12/09/2013 9:08:14 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: dfwgator

See whut I mean?


14 posted on 12/09/2013 9:10:07 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SoConPubbie

That’s good. I was kinda hoping for Louie Gohmert, but Stockton is good, too. :)


15 posted on 12/09/2013 9:12:52 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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...er...StockMAN. What a dork I am!


16 posted on 12/09/2013 9:14:46 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Bevin, Brannon, Bright, Carr, Maness, McDaniel, Sasse, Stockman

Nobody can say us conservatives didn’t have the candidates to vote for and support going into 2014. If we can get even half of these elected, we will have sent the establishment home crying.

Take the senate back from Dingy Harry. Take the Republican Party back from the RINOS.

SCF’s new strategy fundraising HQ is up and running, with four of the above candidates already endorsed.

https://donate.senateconservatives.com/?c=


17 posted on 12/09/2013 9:18:17 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SoConPubbie

Thanks, Steve.

Let us know how we can help your Primary Campaign.

BTW, be sure and run some ads showing Senator “To-Hell-with-the-people-who-voted-for-me” Cornyn at his RINO Establishment finest !


18 posted on 12/09/2013 9:43:32 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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” - - - Stockman said he decided to run because he believes Cornyn “undermined Sen. Ted Cruz’s fight to stop Obamacare.” More from that article:

WND asked: What makes you think you can beat this entrenched incumbent?

“I don’t know that I can beat him, but I am sure going to try,” he said, adding that he thinks he has a shot because, “In Texas, conservative policies win over stabbing fellow Republicans in the back.” - - - - “

Yup.


19 posted on 12/09/2013 9:49:57 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

I was looking at Stockman’s resume. Whatever he is, he is no Cruz, and it would take someone like Cruz to knock Cornyn out of the Senate. The best that can be hoped for is to push Cornyn further to the right at least for the next year.


20 posted on 12/09/2013 9:56:13 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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