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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.  


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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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To: LUV W

...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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To: SoConPubbie

” - - - 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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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Personally....Id wait till one of our trusted Freepers from Texas tells us he's legitimate....then send double your original amount...
21 posted on 12/09/2013 9:57:06 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: RobbyS

Maybe, but Stockman publicly used the two magic words: IMPEACH OBAMA !


22 posted on 12/09/2013 9:59:57 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Theodore R.

Stockman’s primary opponent in the last election, Stephen Takach, is a very good conservative Christian. Should Takach run again, he will easily beat any Democrat in the District.

Stockman is my Congressman, and I would have been very satisfied with Takach. Stockman was very aggressive in his campaign and it was Takach’s first political contest.
Substantively, there was little difference between the two.


23 posted on 12/09/2013 10:05:23 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Graewoulf

Then I hope he makes this the centerpiece of his campaign. Not the best messenger, but maybe he can get the ball rolling.


24 posted on 12/09/2013 10:06:18 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Is Takach running?


25 posted on 12/09/2013 10:07:15 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: RobbyS

Stockman will get Michael Berry’s endorsement; that will be enough.

You say he is no Ted Cruz? Well, who else is?


26 posted on 12/09/2013 10:10:18 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: RobbyS

How would I know? Stockman just announced he going for the Senate seat today.


27 posted on 12/09/2013 10:11:40 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan
James White is my State Rep. You would be pleased with him.

White is Black and is a very popular conservative Republican elected by whites and represents James Byrd, Jr's hometown. Black preachers are not happy, happy, happy.

28 posted on 12/09/2013 10:15:23 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: RobbyS

Steve is 57 and will be 63/64 when his first Senate term is up. That would give him two years to raise money and Campaign to run for POTUS.


29 posted on 12/09/2013 10:16:53 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Theodore R.

Stockman beat his Democrat opponent 71-27%; so the Republican nominee will keep the district safely in the GOP.

Also, Stockman refused to vote for John Boehner as Speaker of the House. What else does a conservative Texan need to know about him?


30 posted on 12/09/2013 10:19:29 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

” - - - Should Takach run again, he will easily beat any Democrat in the District.
- - - “

Sounds like a made-to-order Write-In Campaign to me!

May we call you “Head Writer?”


31 posted on 12/09/2013 10:22:45 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: lonestar

Was today the last day to file for the election?


32 posted on 12/09/2013 10:23:27 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: lonestar

Where do you live?


33 posted on 12/09/2013 10:24:08 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan
Yes, I think today was the deadline.

For the time being, I live in Jasper Co.

34 posted on 12/09/2013 10:28:37 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Viennacon; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; randita; yongin; GeronL; ...

Surprise. It was the last day of filing. Cornyn doesn’t get off without a serious challenger after all.

I’m sure it set off a mad scramble for Stockman’s safe house seat. Poltics1 lists 6 Republican candidates. And the only rat is the 2012 Libertarian nominee.


35 posted on 12/09/2013 10:46:59 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: M-cubed
Personally....Id wait till one of our trusted Freepers from Texas tells us he's legitimate...

Steve Stockman is for real. I haven't followed his political career as closely as I probably should have but still in all, I don't recall ever hearing a discouraging word about him...from anyone that matters. He is my congresscritter; for the second time. The first being some years ago before the union thugs in Jefferson County(where I lived at the time) "fixed" their machines to more accurately reflect the views of the union label. Many things have happened since then; not the least of which was redrawing congressional districts. For now at least, Jefferson County's voting machine shenanigans aren't enough to foil the larger conservative demographic drawn into that district. Which BTW, no longer includes Stockman's district. Breaks my heart, truly... ;^)

36 posted on 12/09/2013 10:51:52 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (What part of "Fundamentally transforming the United States of America" don't the LIV understand?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Good man, Stockman. Bob


37 posted on 12/10/2013 12:07:41 AM PST by alstewartfan (Lines of coffee cups on parade, Soldiers for keeping the night away, Al Stewart)
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To: dfwgator

Would someone please tell me why Stockdale is here? Were he still alive, I am sure he wouldn’t know why either! Bob


38 posted on 12/10/2013 12:11:09 AM PST by alstewartfan (Lines of coffee cups on parade, Soldiers for keeping the night away, Al Stewart)
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To: Viennacon

He can run as a write-in, but his name won’t appear on the primary ballot. Good thing his surname is White and not “Sekula-Gibbs.”


39 posted on 12/10/2013 1:58:38 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Viennacon; Theodore R.; randita; yongin; lonestar; ...

From the article:

“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).”

Sounds like Stockman is like school on Saturday: no class. Keeping his decision not to run reelection secret so that those who ran against him in the 2012 primary and other area Republicans missed the filing deadline, leaving only some unknown guy and a county judge indicted for fraud as the only two Republicans on the ballot? Stockman is one of the rare non-Paulbot who is strongly supported by the Paulistinians—I guess that he’s a fellow traveler of the cult—and this sounds like a Paulistinian tactic to make a Paulbot the default GOP nominee (like what happened with Bentivolio in MI-11 last year).

BTW, while I can understand that Stockman prefered to keep his Senate ambitions secret until the last minute, he could have announced a week ago that he was forgoing reelection so as to allow interested Republicans to file and thus give Republican voters a choice.

So what will happen now? If the filing deadline is final and filing can’t be reopened, I expect that there will be several write-in candidacies. Hopefully the method for writing in a candidate in the primary is less burdensome than it was in TX-22 in 2006 when Tom DeLay dropped out and the GOP was not allowed to replace him in the general-election ballot, so Republicans who wanted to stop RAT Nick Lampson (ironically, the man who defeated Steve Stockman in his 1996 reelection effort) from winning by default had to write in “Shelley Sekula-Gibbs” by spelling out her name on some sort of wheel contraption, and she fell far short.

With several write-in candidates, there likely will be a run-off for the GOP nomination (the indicted judge and the unknown guy would be unlikely to get the 50%+1 needed to win the primary outright), and the top-two finishers would have their names on the ballot for the run-off. Hopefully at least one of the write-ins makes the run-off and Republicans in the district get a real choice.

So, will Representative James White run as a write-in? The consultant’s statement that “no doubt he will run next year” was interpreted by the author of the article to mean that White would wait until 2016 and challenge whoever wins this time, but that diesn’t make sense, since “next year” isn’t 2016, it’s 2014. I think that James White will run as a write-in, with his easy-to-spell name being a plus (or at least not a liability). Others will run as well, and White will have to finish in the top two in the first round and then win the run-off. Tough but doable; so there’s still a chance that there will be a black conservative Republican representing SE Texas in Congress.


40 posted on 12/10/2013 2:41:10 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: SoConPubbie

I am going to send him some of the money that I QUIT SENDING to the gop/e! Miss me yet boys?


41 posted on 12/10/2013 4:27:23 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

There is no “write-in” permitted in a primary in TX. Write-ins must declare themselves within 45 days of a general election and run as essentially a third-party candidate. Looks like Stockman has once again ruined his own promising career. TX wouldn’t dare reject Cornball.


42 posted on 12/10/2013 4:43:34 AM 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: Theodore R.
I wouldn't bet too much on that. Lots of folks are pretty pissed at Cornyn.

Stockman will have my vote.

/johnny

43 posted on 12/10/2013 4:54:17 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: M-cubed

I lived in Houston for ten years and was very familiar with him.


44 posted on 12/10/2013 5:24:40 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Theodore R.; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Viennacon; randita; yongin; lonestar; GeronL; ..

“There is no “write-in” permitted in a primary in TX. Write-ins must declare themselves within 45 days of a general election and run as essentially a third-party candidate.”

That really sucks; but now that you mention it, I do recall hearing something about write-ins not counting after the ultra-tight Henry Cuellar-Ciro Rodriguez TX-28 primary in 2004 (when had there been like 60 write-ins cast and counted it would have denied Cuellar a majority and resulted in a run-off), but I thought that they were talking about write-ins for undeclared candidates.

Looked it up, and the write-in prohibition in primaries is from a 1986 law, amended in 1997. Maybe the TX legislature could amend the law and permit write-ins in federal primaries.

So, unless there’s a change in law, Stockman has really screwed conservatives by his last-minute decision; maybe he’s more than just a “fellow traveler” of the Paulistinians. That judge accused of fraud (Phil Fitzgerald) was not the only Republican to file yesterday right before the gun; TheGreenPapers.com also lists Doug Centilli, Chuck Meyer, Kim Morrell and Dave Norman as filing yesterday:

“House CD 36: Congressman Steve Stockman (Republican) - Open Seat; Doug Centilli (Republican) - added; Phil Fitzgerald (Republican) - added; Chuck Meyer (Republican) - added; Kim I. Morrell (Republican) - added; Dave Norman (Republican) - added.”

The question is, which one is the Paultard? Because I’m certain that Stockman whispered his intentions to his Paulistinian friends so that they could run a Paul cultist and steal a House seat that they could never win fairly. I think that, sadly, we’ll know which one is the Paulbot when one of them proclaims himself to be the “TEA Party choice” despite having no record of anything, and a bunch of FReepers are fooled into thinking that only so-and-so is a real conservative.

So I think that there’s a good chance that we’ll be stuck with a Paultard congressman for two years, and either James White or some other proven conservative can take out the trash in 2016, similar to what happened in MI-11 with Kerry Bentivolio.


45 posted on 12/10/2013 5:32:18 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what ma kes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Theodore R.; JRandomFreeper; fieldmarshaldj

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/12/stockman-jets-for-senate-leaving-36th-district-open-to-hopefuls.html/

This article and Politics1.com list several candidates you don’t as having filed. Someone is wrong. The 2 major ones are

Doug Centilli, Rep. Kevin Brady’s COS

Kim Morrell, former Seabrook City Councilman and 2012 candidate. The article says Morell had information that Stockman wasn’t gonna run.

Seeing as how he just got back into Congress I don’t see how he could have done as you suggested and quit the House race a week ago without tipping his hand.

I agree though, it was a *ick move to file so late, and frankly I don’t see the purpose of it. What exactly would have been the difference if he entered the Senate race last week or last month?


46 posted on 12/10/2013 5:51:33 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Checked out Kim Morrell, he got only 3.5%, last place in 2012.

Centilli looks like the frontrunner to me.

Of course he works for a Congressman so he’ll be smeared as the “establishment choice”.

It would indeed make more sense if the late filing was just to get his favored replacement the nomination for the House seat. Ala Ginny Brown-Waite in Florida.


47 posted on 12/10/2013 6:04:43 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Theodore R.

Lose one good guy in congress. Maybe pick a few up. Vote for Katrina Pierson for Congress, TX 32.
She will more than make up for the loss of Stockman.


48 posted on 12/10/2013 7:14:21 AM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I was part of a successful write in campaign for congress in 1980 when Joe Skeen won.


49 posted on 12/10/2013 7:29:14 AM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: CPT Clay

I see Cornball with 70 percent in the primary. Is there a Democrat in the fall?


50 posted on 12/10/2013 7:29:31 AM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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