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Senate's No. 2 Republican faces new primary challenge
latimes.com ^ | 12/9/13 | Michael Memoli

Posted on 12/10/2013 5:38:34 AM PST by cotton1706

WASHINGTON - Mitch McConnell isn't the only Republican Senate leader who must contend with a noteworthy primary challenge.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, will face a conservative challenger in Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who submitted paperwork late Monday for the March primary.

Stockman, who returned to Congress this year after serving a single term in the 1990s, had been planning to run for reelection. An aide filed the application just 15 minutes before the close of the state filing period, the Houston Chronicle reported.

It's unclear how serious a challenge Stockman can mount in a short campaign in one of the nation's most populous states. Texas' March 4 primary is the earliest in the nation, and Stockman's campaign account is in debt. Cornyn, a two-term senator, had nearly $7 million on hand at the end of the most recent fundraising period.

But Stockman will seek to rally grass-roots conservatives to his campaign against Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican and a former chairman of the Senate Republicans' campaign committee. In an interview with the conservative website World Net Daily, Stockman accused Cornyn of siding with President Obama against fellow Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the recent unsuccessful fight to defund Obamacare.

"He needs to be held accountable for his decisions," Stockman said.

Cruz led an effort by conservative activists to strip funding for the Affordable Care Act in budget negotiations, a stance that resulted in a 16-day government shutdown and nearly risked defaulting on the nation's bills.

Public opinion polls showed the Republican Party took the brunt of the blame for the shutdown.

Stockman has made several headline-seeking moves since returning to Washington, most notably inviting rocker and conservative activist Ted Nugent to attend the State of the Union address in the House gallery.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cornyn; elections; norinosintexas; primarycornyn; primarytherinos
Let's remove the insidious republican "leaders" Cornyn and McConnell!

It's now a six person race in Texas, Cornyn, Stockman, Vega, Stovall, Connor and Mapp.

All we have to do is keep Cornyn under 50% and we can remove him in a runoff!

1 posted on 12/10/2013 5:38:34 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Sockman has my vote. At this point, he's got more name recognition than Cruz had when Cruz went up against Dewhurst.

/johnny

2 posted on 12/10/2013 5:40:45 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Stockman has my vote.”

That’s good to hear. What’s the feel in Texas? Do you think we now have a chance to keep Cornyn under 50%?


3 posted on 12/10/2013 5:43:18 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
….and if for no other reason than "term limits."

Stockman will have served two terms in the House and Cornyn has far long spent in DC not to have sold out to the Establishment!

Not everyone who gets elected and overstays, sells out their constituents but far, far too many do and the temptation of all that money and power is just too great!

4 posted on 12/10/2013 5:45:09 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: cotton1706

The Catholic Church has a rule that requires bishops to 75. The Senate should have the same rule. But maybe if the Senators have to accept Obamacare, the problem won’t arise. ;)


5 posted on 12/10/2013 5:46:34 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: cotton1706

Not much. Otherwise Goumert would have run.


6 posted on 12/10/2013 5:48:25 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: cotton1706
There's at least as good a chance as Cruz had against Dewhurst. It will be a fight.

/johnny

7 posted on 12/10/2013 5:52:41 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: RobbyS
Stockman can do it. It will be difficult, but possible.

This is where the grass roots needs to put up, or shut up.

/johnny

8 posted on 12/10/2013 5:54:06 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706
I'm still with Dwayne Stovall for the time being but, welcome in, Steve. The more, the merrier.
9 posted on 12/10/2013 5:54:34 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: cotton1706

I was hoping to see Louie Gohmert make this move, but I can support Steve Stockman with equal enthusiasm!

Cornyn needs to GO!


10 posted on 12/10/2013 6:00:30 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Paine in the Neck
Plenty of room for all at the beginning. Let's keep Cornyn under 50%.

/johnny

11 posted on 12/10/2013 6:02:27 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
John Cornyn claims to be the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate.
Yet, as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee he
hand-selected these "Republican" candidates:
  • Arlen Specter - Democrat
  • Charlie Crist - Democrat
  • Lincoln Chafee - Democrat
  • Lisa Murkowski - Independent
Also, when he had a chance to stop ObamaCare by supporting Ted Cruz' filibuster
he FAILED
and hid behind a meaningless vote later.

12 posted on 12/10/2013 6:14:05 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Bump!


13 posted on 12/10/2013 6:15:19 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

I’ll lean Stockman sight unseen over the rest.


14 posted on 12/10/2013 6:38:45 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: cotton1706

In further news, Sen. Cornyn’s office has contacted former obama operatives Plouffe and Axelrod to find out exactly how to have Stockman disqualified.


15 posted on 12/10/2013 6:39:07 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Farnsworth
I’ll lean Stockman sight unseen over the rest.

Same here.

16 posted on 12/10/2013 7:21:52 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: cotton1706
Cruz led an effort by conservative activists to strip funding for the Affordable Care Act in budget negotiations, a stance that resulted in a 16-day government shutdown and nearly risked defaulting on the nation's bills.

Well, at least the first part was right. It's a fact that Baraq Obama and Harry Reid were solely responsible for the shutdown due to their refusal to negotiate with the House, and default was never a serious risk because it only occurs when interest payments are not met and the government had ample income to do that.

But hey, at least the LA Times can misrepresent, like all liberal media does.

17 posted on 12/10/2013 7:25:16 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: cotton1706
Stockman is my congressman and I would hate to lose him, but he has my vote. Cornyn has been licking my email box for weeks now that I told him a vote for cloture was a vote for Obamacare. I warned him for days about voting for cloture. Now he's trying desperately to prove he's against Obamacare.

He assumed he could vote for cloture and everything would work out. I called him several times and warned him that dog wouldn't hunt. I told his people to make sure they tell him that we won't fall for a cloture vote and then allow him to say he was against Obamacare.

They kept seeming to not understand why we understood a cloture vote put him in favor of Obamacare. They think we aren't paying attention. I told them "We aren't Dems". Maybe he was following McConnell's instructions, I don't know. I explained to them very carefully what was happening in the blog world and what would happen if he voted for cloture.

Anyone in politics for very long should be able to read when something BIG is going on. I told him this one vote will determine his career. I guess he didn't think so. It's possible he may pull it out of the fire, but if Palin gets involved, he's cooked. I told him I would vote for someone out of the phone book over him. He acted like I didn't understand politics.

18 posted on 12/10/2013 7:29:05 AM PST by chuckles
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To: cotton1706
Senate's No. 2 Republican...

Yeah, he's number 2 all right.

19 posted on 12/10/2013 7:29:27 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Stockman is a good guy. You won’t go wrong. He just hasn’t caught the limelight like others have. He was big back in the Waco/impeachment days. He had the whole Dem machine come against him to get him out of office. Just returned a few years ago.


20 posted on 12/10/2013 7:34:58 AM PST by chuckles
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To: JRandomFreeper
Sockman has my vote. At this point, he's got more name recognition than Cruz had when Cruz went up against Dewhurst.

I'm not sure what part of TX you're in, but Stockman is my Congressman. He won in the GOP Sweep in '94 and then lost the next election. He did not hold office again for 18 years until he ran in 2012. He is NOT that well-known outside of Southeast Texas. I'm still going for Linda Vega. She has something Cruz has; a Hispanic surname. And, being a female is also a plus.
21 posted on 12/10/2013 10:44:44 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: cotton1706

Cornyn will definitely have to face a GOP Runoff Election. Stockman is my Congressman. Please see my Post #21.


22 posted on 12/10/2013 10:46:56 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker
Welcome to Free Republic.

I'm up near DFW, and yes, Stockman has more name recognition than Vega.

Doesn't matter at the beginning, anyway, every vote for Stockman and Vega takes votes from Cornyn, and can help keep him below 50%.

/johnny

23 posted on 12/10/2013 10:49:25 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sans-Culotte; Farnsworth

To: Sans and Farnsworth: Stockman is my Congressman. He’s o.k. but nothing spectacular. Please see my Post #21.


24 posted on 12/10/2013 10:50:10 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

So you’re voting based on a surname and sex??


25 posted on 12/10/2013 11:42:13 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: Farnsworth

I’m voting on who is a Conservative that can win. Sorry I didn’t explain that for you. Everyone else understood.


26 posted on 12/10/2013 12:27:22 PM PST by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

your original statement doesn’t back that up. But if you think she’s a conservative, then she’s worth a look then.


27 posted on 12/10/2013 12:40:59 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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