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Steve Stockman Helped "Launch the Tea Party" But Can't Get Their Endorsement


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 00:41 PM CST


Finally a GOP member of Congress proposes an alternative to Obamacare, and you won't even need a doctor. Congressional crankster Steve Stockman launched a new campaign gimmick where he will send you an "Official Obama Barf Bag" for every $10 dollars you donate to his campaign, because as he says, "Obama's socialism makes me sick." But, is this how the Tea Party wants to be portrayed and represented?

The media has generally referred to Stockman as the "Tea Party" challenger to John Cornyn, but so far the groups that represent them are not endorsing his campaign and he trails in the polls by 44%. Judging by the blog post that accompanied the Barf Bag roll-out, he believes they should be lining up in droves. He wrote, "I've spent the last few years defeating liberals by helping train and launch the Tea Party."

Stockman has said more outlandish things. He's a former state chair of the controversial Young Conservatives of Texas, and he also worked for years with the conservative Leadership Institute and their Campus Leadership Program teaching "political technology." LI claims to have 1,500 active campus groups across all 50 states.

See What conservative groups are not endorsing Stockman below the jump...

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I don't expect Stockman to pull much more than single digits, but the fact that such a man is in Congress and running statewide against a national figure is fascinating. Does it warrant all the media coverage? The media seems to think so, according to Newsweek,
"The race between a Tea Party darling and an establishment-backed incumbent promises to be one of the most explosive contests next year in a number of similarly high profile GOP races in which Republicans battle for the soul of their party."

The poll on the other hand suggests not, though I'm being constantly reminded through conversations and blog comments that Cruz was in single digits early as well. I've said before Stockman is no Cruz, and now it seems that his wishful thinking of Tea Party support is all but completely fizzled. One conservative Texas blogger even thinks the media promoting Stockman's campaign as a "setup to malign conservatives and the Tea Party." He pointed to a Texas Tribune headline linking the Stockman vote total to Tea Party strength and argued, "...state groups using the Tea Party banner did not recruit Stockman to run. Neither did any so-called Tea Party groups with a national reach."

The throw-Stockman-under-the-bus train even made a stop at Breitbart, where they repeatedly questioned the Congressman over ethical and campaign finance issues concluding that the inquiries and findings of the Houston Chronicle are indeed accurate.

Here's a shortlist of who has declined to endorse the self-styled Tea Party insurgent:

Groups:
Senate Conservatives Fund
Club for Growth
The Madison Project

Elected Officials:
Sen. Ted Cruz
Gov. Rick Perry
Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott
Many of the Texas Republican Congressional Caucus including: Louie Gohmert, Kenny Marchant, Kay Granger, and Blake Farenthold

It's not all bad news for Stockman, Freedomworks is still not ruling out an endorsement saying that are, "taking a close look at his record" and they are, "certain we won't be endorsing the incumbent, Senator Cornyn, in 2014." So let's give them a place to start, Stockman still sports a "100 percent" rating by the American Conservative Union and has accumulated numerous accolades including: Taxpayers Best Friend Award" by Citizens for Tax Reform; "Taxpayer's Hero Award" by Citizens Against Government Waste; "Pro-Family Congressman" of the year by the American Family Association (h/t TexasGOPvote).

Oh, and lest not we forget, he also received one from the media: "Newsmaker of the Year."

You can follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

You can get your "Official Obama Barf Bag" here.



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