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Texas: John Cornyn vs. Steve Stockman U.S. Senate Race
The New American ^ | 23 December 2013 | Thomas R. Eddlem

Posted on 12/23/2013 5:28:17 PM PST by VitacoreVision



Texas U.S. Senator and Republican Minority Whip John Cornyn will face a wild four-way primary battle, featuring constitutionalist-minded Representative Steve Stockman and two other primary opponents.

Texas: John Cornyn vs. Steve Stockman U.S. Senate Race

The New American
23 December 2013

Texas Senator and Republican Minority Whip John Cornyn will face a wild four-way primary battle, featuring constitutionalist-minded Congressman Steve Stockman and two other primary opponents. “The struggle here is very clearly between big government crony capitalism from Cornyn and small government populism from Stockman,” former National Republican Liberty Caucus Chairman Dave Nalle told The New American of the March 4 primary.

The Austin area-based Nalle added that “Cornyn also consistently supports the establishment against liberty or reform candidates and that's important because he's head of the NRSC [National Republican Senatorial Committee] and has a lot of campaign money to throw around.” Cornyn — the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate — voted to give $700 billion in taxpayer dollars in the 2008 TARP bailout to Wall Street crony capitalists, and once had among the more liberal voting records of Senate Republicans. But from the conservative or constitutionalist point of view, his voting record has improved. For his two U.S. Senate terms to date, his cumulative rating in The New American's "Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution" is 69 percent; for 2013, his "Freedom Index" rating is 89 percent. Stockman put Cornyn's voting record a different way on his campaign website: “John Cornyn is a reliable vote for more spending right up until the vote before a Republican primary.”

Stockman, who was elected to Congress in 2012 (he had also served a congressional term in the 1990s), scored 95 percent in the "Freedom Index" for 2013. Out of 20 key House votes considered by the index for this period, Stockman was rated unfavorably on one: his vote against eliminating the provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for indefinite detention without trail. However, Stockman has affirmatively opposed indefinite detention through federal lawsuits.

And out of 20 key Senate votes considered by the "Freedom Index" for 2013, the index rated rated Cornyn unfavorably on two: his vote to table (kill) an amendment to prohibit foreign aid to Egypt until another "democratic" election occurs, and his vote against ending indefinite detention without trial through the NDAA.

Cornyn's relatively liberal voting record clashes with some establishment measures of how congressmen are called “conservative,” and many expect Cornyn to tout his rating from the establishment National Journal. FactCheck.org claims that “The fact is, however, that Cornyn was rated the second most conservative of all incumbent U.S. senators by the nonpartisan National Journal, based on his voting record in the last Congress, which sat during 2011 and 2012.” Of course, the National Journal largely measures “conservative” in the context of those most likely to vote with the Republican Party, rather than strict support for constitutional liberties. So it would be more accurate to say that Cornyn was the second most likely to vote with his party, hardly a “conservative” credential in an era where the GOP leadership just voted to increase spending, taxes, and the deficit in a congressional budget vote with Democrats.

But Cornyn's somewhat better voting record in recent years may fend off some of the potent outside groups that have stoked successful primary insurgencies.

Though Stockman became famous for defending the Second Amendment during his first stint in Congress back in 1995-97, the National Rifle Association endorsed Cornyn anyway.

And the Club for Growth may be sitting this race out. “While Congressman Stockman has a pro-economic growth record, so does Senator Cornyn, as witnessed by his 87 percent lifetime Club for Growth score,” Chris Chocola, president of Club for Growth's political action committee, told Fox News December 14.

As for other Tea Party-affiliated groups, they've been generally supportive but non-committal, according to the December 17 Dallas Morning News: “So far, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund have offered praise for his decision to challenge Cornyn, the deputy Senate GOP leader, but have refrained from endorsing him or promising tangible help.”

Fox News noted that Cornyn also has big money on his side, as he has been the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee: “Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, also has nearly $7 million in his campaign cash, compared to roughly $32,000 for Stockman, further decreasing the odds of a Stockman upset.”

But the race may not be quite as lopsided as Fox News has implied. The Dallas Morning News reported December 17 that Stockman has $2 million in his campaign account, though his filings with the Federal Election Commission do not account for more than about a quarter of a million in receipts through the third quarter of 2013. Stockman can raise funds from supporters of the Second Amendment nationally, and from Texans locally, as he did in 2012. Cornyn received some local Texas oil money, but also funds from Wall Street, such as Goldman Sachs the Blackstone Group and JPMorgan-Chase (perhaps as a thank-you for his vote in favor of the TARP bailout in 2008).

The race will come down to whether the three opponents can hold Cornyn to less than 50 percent of the vote. “The big factor in winning this election is Texas' runoff voting system,” Nalle — executive director at Texas Liberty Foundation and South Central Regional Director of Republican Liberty Caucus — told The New American. “It's all about knocking Cornyn down to less than 50 percent in the primary election. If that happens, then the second place candidate gets to go against him one-on-one in the runoff.”

There are two other primary candidates: Duane Stovall and Linda Vega. Stoval is a libertarian-leaning businessman who quotes Frederick Bastiat and the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in his campaign literature, and pledges strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution. He diverges from strict libertarianism, however, on the issue of illegal immigration and amnesty, where he holds a nuanced position in favor of legal immigration and opposition to blanket amnesty.

Houston area immigration attorney Linda Vega is the Founder of Latinos Ready To Vote!, an organization that engages in outreach to Hispanics on behalf of the GOP, and she is also a former employee of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. She opposes amnesty, but is silent on civil liberties issues such as the NSA and is for a more aggressive foreign policy than her primary opponents: “Our military must keep strong and act unilaterally when we see the need to protect our allies and American interests around the world,” she has declared.

Nalle told The New American, “Duane is very popular with liberty Republicans; he's probably to the right of Stockman. Linda is a moderate Republican with some libertarian leanings who is pro-immigration and has strong Latino backing. But I would expect all of their followers to switch to Stockman in the final runoff vote.” Nalle noted that Cornyn could very well lose the race. “As for winning the election," he said, "the strategy is to do what Ted Cruz did, which is to get to a runoff and win on anti-incumbent votes — and the 'anyone but Cornyn' sentiment is strong.” Cornyn recently polled only 50 percent in a poll by Republican firm Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research.

Nalle added, “It's going to be a lot closer than the Cruz race was. If Stockman makes the runoff, it will be by just a couple of points — but if he does make the runoff, enough money will come in to give him a boost when he goes solo against Cornyn.”

Politico has already declared Cornyn the winner, observing, “Nobody in Texas thinks Stockman has a snowball’s chance of winning against Cornyn, and they’re probably right.” Politico, however, also hedged its bet: “Whatever Stockman’s up to, a look back at his political career makes one thing clear: You don’t want to run in a Republican primary against Steve Stockman, even if the outcome is predetermined. Running against Steve Stockman is not fun. Steve Stockman doesn’t just burn bridges—he’ll burn your house down. Also, sometimes Steve Stockman wins.”

The race promises to be both entertaining and nasty. Politico terms Stockman — and in particular his Twitter feed — “bombastic,” “outrageous,” and even “legendary.”

Here's a sampling of some of Stockman's more recent hard-hitting tweets:

• “John Cornyn killed the Republican filibuster and voted to fully fund Obamacare.”

• “John Cornyn voted to play the Knockout Game with your health insurance. #obamacarefunding”

• “Liberals love diversity. That’s why they punish anyone who doesn’t think, act, eat, drive and speak exactly like them.”

• “That "Shady" PAC attacker? It's funded by an amnesty supporter and run by John Cornyn's close lobbyist pal who backs liberal Democrats #tcot”

Nalle acknowledged that “Stockman is a polarizing figure. You either love him or hate him. I think a lot more love than hate, but he has made some enemies along the way and there are establishment folks who really hate him for thumbing his nose at them consistently and aggressively.” And Cornyn supporters over at “Texans for a Conservative Majority” have already created a “Shady Stockman” website.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; gopprimary; johncornyn; stevestockman; texas; tx2014

1 posted on 12/23/2013 5:28:17 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision
Anybody but Cornyn. I'll probably be voting for Stockman.

/johnny

2 posted on 12/23/2013 5:32:02 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

abC


3 posted on 12/23/2013 5:34:27 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: VitacoreVision

The choice between these two reminds me of the two Americans in Turkey who forgot to make a reservation for a rental car. There were no cars to rent, but Akmed, the rental agent, offered to rent them a camel. After some discussion, they decided to rent the camel.

The two were hungry when they arrived in town and tied the camel up in front of a restaurant and went inside. When they returned, there were two camels tied up. One American said to the other, “Oh, great! Which camel is ours!?” His friend said, “That’s not a problem.” The second American walked up to the nearest camel, lifted its tail and said, “The other one is ours.” The two mounted up and began looking for their hotel.

The first American asked the second American how he determined which camel was the one they rented. The second responded, “Well, when we rode up, I head someone point at us and say, ‘Hey, look at the two a$$holes on that camel!’ The other one only had one a$$hole!”


4 posted on 12/23/2013 5:37:10 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

The “establishment” republicans have got to go.

We do not need a political class ruling over us any longer. Back room deals with democrats that extend political careers at the price of liberty must stop.


5 posted on 12/23/2013 5:37:37 PM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: VitacoreVision

Is this the best we Texans can do?


6 posted on 12/23/2013 5:37:56 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Cornyn’s committee called me a couple of days ago asking for money. I told the man before he finished his speech that I didn’t like Cornyn. He said he was the 2nd most conservative in Texas. I laughed. Told him Cornyn was a liberal until it came voting time and then he got conservative....I would not give him money nor will is vote for him. Shut the guy up pretty quite.


7 posted on 12/23/2013 5:39:08 PM PST by native texan (Texans should be independent thinkers)
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To: Triple
We do not need a political class ruling over us any longer. Back room deals with democrats that extend political careers at the price of liberty must stop.

Now that is one excellent and accurate statement.

8 posted on 12/23/2013 5:41:43 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
It's good enough.

Stockman is better than Cornyn, and Cornyn needs fired in the worst kind of way.

/johnny

9 posted on 12/23/2013 5:43:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: VitacoreVision

Steve Stockman doesn’t just burn bridges—he’ll burn your house down.

HotDamn, Stockman sounds better every day!


10 posted on 12/23/2013 5:44:50 PM PST by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: native texan
John Cornyn needs to be kicked out. His voting record is terrible.



Name: John Cornyn
Senate: Texas, Republican
Cumulative Freedom Index Score: 69%
Status: Active Member of the Senate

Score Breakdown:
89% (113th Congress: 2013-2014); 82% (112th Congress: 2011-2012); 92% (111th Congress: 2009-2010); 55% (110th Congress: 2007-2008); 50% (109th Congress: 2005-2006); 56% (108th Congress: 2003-2004)
11 posted on 12/23/2013 5:46:20 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

I sure ain’t voting for an immigrant attorney....


12 posted on 12/23/2013 5:49:55 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

sad ain’t it.


13 posted on 12/23/2013 5:51:37 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: VitacoreVision

Not that it matters a lot but someone that’s going to write an article about
a political race ought to be able to at least get the total number of
candidates in the race correct. There are eight candidates in the GOP primary
race for Senator, Texas.

U. S. Senator, Texas GOP Primary
https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/candidate-filing/cf-report.aspx

Chris Mapp
Curt Cleaver
Dwayne Stovall
John Cornyn
Ken Cope
Linda Vega
Reid Reasor
Steve Stockman


14 posted on 12/23/2013 5:51:54 PM PST by deport
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To: VitacoreVision

Texas, don’t be fooled by Cornyn’s recent conversion to conservatism. He can’t be trusted. Go true conservative. Texas deserves better.


15 posted on 12/23/2013 5:52:13 PM PST by discipler (How's that 'hope and change' working for 'ya? - RL)
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To: native texan

I got the same call today and told them the very same thing.


16 posted on 12/23/2013 6:10:39 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: The Cajun

thanks.


17 posted on 12/23/2013 6:11:40 PM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: VitacoreVision
I'll be voting for Stockman.
18 posted on 12/23/2013 6:12:32 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: deport

The article just listed the major players in the race.


19 posted on 12/23/2013 6:15:25 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: lonestar; native texan

You guys need to end these phone solicitations by saying, “Remove me from your fundraising list, tell the RNC the same, and if either of your organizations call this number again I will be pressing harassment charges”.


20 posted on 12/23/2013 7:18:43 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: VitacoreVision

Even if he can’t win, I’ll vote Stockman just to poke the country club crowd in the eye. Let’s try to make them sweat even when they aren’t in the steamroom with their close democrat buddies.


21 posted on 12/23/2013 7:20:03 PM PST by PAR35
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To: native texan

Vitter, Inhofe, Demint and Sessions have been more conservative for a long time.

Cornyn is more liberal than the Idaho,Wyoming and most of the southern Senators on immigration. Cornyn supported a lot of amnedments in the Kennedy and Rubio immigration bills. Cornyn inherited funds from Bob Perry.

Are Ed and Al Cardenas related? One of them is a big amnesty supporter and the other is head of the extremely conservative ACU who said Risch or Crapo is the most conservative senator.

Even if Cornyn wins a runoff I think it will be worth it to make him sweat. Stockman’s seat is being contested by 12 candidates. They allowed more people who hadnt already filed for any 2014 race to enter the race.


22 posted on 12/23/2013 7:26:58 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: JRandomFreeper

I sometimes think going to the polls is nothing but wasting time and gasoline. But it’ll be worth it to vote against Cornyn.


23 posted on 12/23/2013 7:39:45 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: deport

The smart money is on Curt Cleaver


24 posted on 12/23/2013 7:40:53 PM PST by Benjic81
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To: native texan

That’s what I tell them! Cornyn has a Facebook ad with a photo of he and Ted Cruz. I laughed when I saw it. He needs to be fired!


25 posted on 12/23/2013 7:57:05 PM PST by Warriormom
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To: VitacoreVision

I will go with Stockman and then sit out the general election. No Cornballs!


26 posted on 12/23/2013 8:53:53 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: JRandomFreeper

If things get bad for Cornball he can bring down Lamar! and Lamar’s wife, a native Texan, to campaign for him.


27 posted on 12/23/2013 8:56:00 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: discipler

People in TX don’t know anything about Cornball’s voting record; it takes work to find that information.


28 posted on 12/23/2013 8:56:54 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: VitacoreVision

What about http://www.texansforstovall.com/


29 posted on 12/23/2013 9:07:41 PM PST by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: discipler

Cornyn is a CFR guy and can be trusted to vote accordingly. Since his stint as a Texas Senator began I had no hope in this guy being a true conservative. This competition will make Mark Davis and many other talking heads on radio extremely angry.


30 posted on 12/23/2013 9:46:50 PM PST by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: Rodamala

I do ask to be removed...but this was my first call from Cornyn.


31 posted on 12/23/2013 9:48:34 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: El Laton Caliente

John Cornyn is a political powerhouse and Dwayne Stovall doesn’t have enough connections or money to win. I really like Stovall, but it’s gonna take a massive force to get Cornyn out.

[[ What about http://www.texansforstovall.com/ ]]


32 posted on 12/23/2013 10:23:17 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision; All

Cornyn supporters over at “Texans for a Conservative Majority” have already created a “Shady Stockman” website.
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And that is what scares me. I loathe John Cornyn and I would vote for a one-eyed crack whore before I’d vote for him. But, Stockman is vulnerable. He’s my Congressman and I’m NOT voting for him in the Primary. I picked Linda Vega long ago as my choice. I’m heavily involved in Texas politics and I tell you right now, she can defeat Cornyn; Stockman can’t. Sorry.


33 posted on 12/24/2013 12:23:02 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Rodamala

Wow, why haven’t I thought of that! I HATE these calls. Thanks.


34 posted on 12/24/2013 6:38:52 AM PST by native texan (Texans should be independent thinkers)
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To: VitacoreVision
Nice to see Duane Stovall and Linda Vega actually get a little bit of press. I'm kind of wary of Stockman because the media has annointed him as the 'official' challenger. That, in itself makes me think twice about supporting him.

That said, this particular race is one of the few things that may even get me to the polls this year. Anybody But Cornyn.

35 posted on 12/24/2013 6:40:56 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Din Maker
And that is what scares me. I loathe John Cornyn and I would vote for a one-eyed crack whore before I’d vote for him. But, Stockman is vulnerable. He’s my Congressman and I’m NOT voting for him in the Primary. I picked Linda Vega long ago as my choice. I’m heavily involved in Texas politics and I tell you right now, she can defeat Cornyn; Stockman can’t. Sorry.

Yup. The press will stay quiet about this until after the primary. That's why they are playing him up, to make sure none of the other challengers have a chance.

 

36 posted on 12/24/2013 6:50:24 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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