Steve Stockman's Housing Project For Right-Wing Campaign Workers Shut Down For Safety Violations

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East Texas's leading embarrassment Steve Stockman will have to relocate his campaign office after city officials and the fire marshall shut down the former motorcycle shop where workers and volunteers have apparently been sleeping since early 2012.

From the Houston Chronicle:

The headquarters had been housed since early 2012 in a former motorcycle shop along the Gulf Freeway. Campaign staffers and volunteers had been both working and sleeping there, even though the commercial building was considered unsafe for human habitation, according to Webster city records and an interview with assistant fire marshal Warren Chappell.

Officials found 14 fire code violations and ordered the office closed and its electricity shut off on Nov. 7, fire department records show. No one had obtained the necessary permit for the campaign to legally occupy the pale yellow two-story metal building along a feeder road on the freeway, wedged between a spa dealership and a strip mall, building department records show.

This government overreach must be stopped! If Steve Stockman cannot imperil the lives of his own campaign staff and volunteers and create a half-way house for the all-the-way ideologically insane, we cannot be free!

More below the jump.Apparently, volunteers for the campaign have been sleeping in the motorcycle shop since early 2012, including out-of-state volunteers who came to help elect Stockman and make Louie Gohmert the second-most-crazy member of the Texas Congressional delegation.

However, the structure in which six to eight workers were apparently living is no laughing matter. Inspectors said the building lacked smoke detectors and fire protection, and had faulty wiring, electrical hazards, no exit signs, and combustible Stockman campaign material. (Materially and ideologically combustible, am I right y'all?!)

Stockman isn't just housing staff and volunteers in an unsafe structure: he's also in violation of a host of FEC rules. Stockman fired his treasurer, Jason Posey, and apparently has not replaced him. Stockman continues fundraising in the meantime, including holding a $1000-a-plate breakfast with Eric Cantor. You'd think old Steve-O would have enough to pay rent on a real office, but apparently he's $100,000 in debt from his past electoral cycle.

Ironically, Stockman sponsored the Federal Correctional Workers Safety Act of 2013 in the current session of Congress. Federal correctional workers be warned: Stockman's idea of worker safety may consist of your sleeping in a fire hazard in return for no pay.  


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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