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Steve Stockman Claims He's A "Victim" After His Mugshot Appears In Campaign Ads

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:30 PM CST

UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: This post has been updated to include Stockman's latest faux pas and Cornyn's new site Stockmanfiles.com

The Steve Stockman campaign has launched an all out blitz to vindicate his "clean record" and claimed that Michigan officials believe he is a "victim of illegal activity." On Monday, they released a statement condemning the anti-Stockman effort "Shady Stockman" by a super PAC called Texans for Conservative Majority as "a smear campaign [that] made false claims using illegally-published records."

The campaign goes on to cite both Michigan and Texas law insinuating that media outlets and others who publish his mugshot, fingerprints and booking information are doing so illegally and may "face repercussions."

Stockman referring to Texans for Conservative Majority as "a pro-John Cornyn superPAC funded by an illegal alien activist" says that they have used "illicitly-published records to falsely claim Stockman had been convicted of a crime."

See below the jump why the original charge is literally below the belt...

The Stockman campaign seems to be trying to will the entire episode from existence. Last Friday they filed a libel lawsuit against Texans for Conservative Majority over the 'Shady Stockman' campaign. The complaint included various statements including, "He has been jailed more than once, and was charged with a felony after one such incident when authorities found Valium in his pants."

The whole controversy revolves around Stockman being caught in 1977 with 3 Valium in his underpants during a strip search before serving a weekend in jail for traffic violations. According to a Dallas Morning News article the Valium was given to him by his girlfriend to get him through his short stint in the pokey, but turned into a felony charge (reportedly later reduced) once they were found.

Camp Stockman is claiming the 'Shady Stockman' campaign is "not fair, untrue and illegal," and that "Michigan advises Stockman criminal complaints are in order against those who published records." The "Michigan official" is somewhat of a shady character himself in that he or his agency is never named by the campaign. Stockman's campaign says the "erroneous" documents were removed from the state's website and that they "were supposed to be destroyed in the 1978." So Stockman doesn't have his story straight which isn't surprising for someone who failed to file campaign disclosures from 2012, and seems to be quite shady on where his income is derived.

Last month the Congressman was also embroiled in allegations that he engaged in illegal campaign activity when mailers hit the boxes of Republican Primary voters that appeared to be from a newspaper entitled "Conservative News." Stockman denied any connection.

Now Cornyn has been running robocalls advertising a new site called "Stockman files," that chronicles his misdeeds including his claim that he grabbed, "one of the biggest Tea Party endorsements in Texas." The "endorsement" was quickly dismissed by Tea Party Patriots (TPP) President Jenny Beth Martin who said her "complement...should not be misconstrued as such."

The circus that is the Steve Stockman campaign could very well all be over tomorrow if John Cornyn is able to avoid a runoff. But, if history serves any lesson one thing is for sure -- it's hard to keep a good clown down.

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