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Steve Stockman Not Getting Much Endorsement Love From Republicans


by: Ben Sherman

Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 02:00 PM CST


Whether you think it's a serious challenge, the tribulations of a madman, both, or a thinly-veiled attempt to exit politics in a blaze of glory instead of face mounting ethics violations, Steve Stockman is running against John Cornyn. In that effort, it would be useful -- maybe crucial, fundraising-wise -- for Stockman to rack up support from Republican politicians. So far, though, such support has not been forthcoming.

"Maybe all he can tolerate is one term," said Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, referring to the fact that Stockman was voted out of office in 1996 after his first term. Jordan is former head of the Republican Study Committee, which Stockman sits on. "He served one term, then left. Now he's served one term, and he's leaving."

As Jerry Seinfeld once said: "That can't be good." More below the jump.

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Texas Republicans have been no more embracing. "I was surprised and shocked that he's decided to take on someone who I think is a really great senator for our state," said Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland. "I don't see Stockman being particularly competitive."

Even East Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, he of "terror babies" concern, isn't on Team Stockman. "I like him," Gohmert said. "But I'm not endorsing him in this race."

Even John Cornyn might not be taking Stockman too seriously. The senator has seven total opponents, and early polls show Stockman languishing in the single digits, trailing Cornyn by 44 points. "While Mr. Stockman is a fascinating person, there's no guarantee that he's actually going to be competitive in the primary, so I'm going to be paying equal attention to all my primary opponents," Cornyn said recently.

Objectively, conservatives have no reason to support a right-flanking Cornyn opponent. Cornyn is as conservative as it gets. The only reason for this hubbub about a challenge is that he wasn't the most rabid congressman in favor of Cruz's government shutdown. But Cornyn voted with Cruz to reject the Senate deal, continuing the shutdown and pushing the country into default. There's really nothing to complain about.

If the rhyme and reason behind Stockman's run is a belief that he can win, he's got time to prove his theory - but it's looking incorrect right now. Republican politicians aside, Stockman can't even get tea party endorsements.

Steve Stockman has just $32,000 in his campaign account. Are enough Texas Republicans fired up to multiply that amount by thousands?  



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