GOP rep launches Senate primary against John Cornyn in Texas

posted at 8:51 am on December 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

A last-minute shocker before the filing deadline, although you can understand the logic. Bigger conservative names in Texas had already passed on challenging Cornyn despite tea-party perceptions that he’s an incorrigible RINO. Steve Stockman looked at what grassroots righties did for Ted Cruz against the much better-funded David Dewhurst last year and figured … why not? What does he have to lose?

Stockman, a far-right conservative who has called for the president’s impeachment, filed for the seat minutes before the 6 p.m. local deadline, confirmed Spencer Yeldell, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Texas. Cornyn, whose $7 million cash-on-hand far outstrips Stockman’s $32,000, is still the heavy favorite, but the latter’s entry into the race could force the incumbent senator to tack farther right as he tries to win over a corner of the party that has recently been skeptical of him…

But Stockman is a highly recognizable name in some circles, and he looks to be a game-changer. The 57-year-old made waves earlier this year when he returned to the House — where he previously served from 1995-1997 — with his calls to impeach President Barack Obama. And he’s not been shy about his other deeply conservative, and sometimes controversial, views on issues ranging from gun rights to immigration. He has also likened Obama to Saddam Hussein and urged America to withdraw from the United Nations…

“We haven’t decided yet whether we will endorse Steve Stockman, but we’re glad he is running,” Matt Hoskins, the [Senate Conservatives Fund] leader, said in a statement. “Texas deserves two conservative fighters in the Senate, not just one. John Cornyn has voted to increase the debt, raise taxes, bail out Wall Street banks, and fund Obamacare. He’s part of the problem in Washington and voters deserve an alternative.”

Cornyn has a war chest of $7 million to spend, precisely for this sort of contingency. Stockman has a war chest of … $32,000 versus $163,000 of debt. There’s not much time for him to move the polls either. Ted Cruz announced his Senate candidacy in January 2011, more than a year before the primary. Stockman, in announcing yesterday, left himself less than three months. And unlike Cruz, there’s already some dirt on him uncovered by reporters that his opponent might use. If he lands a big endorsement, though, that might boost his name recognition enough to push him into a run-off with Cornyn, where he stands a fighting chance. (Remember, Cruz actually finished behind Dewhurst in the primary last year before crushing him in the run-off a few months later on a wave of conservative support.) Whose endorsement is big enough to propel him, though? Cruz’s might be, but Cruz reportedly told his colleagues in the Senate that he won’t campaign against them. The backing of the Senate Conservatives Fund or Heritage Action would help, but maybe they’re too consumed with beating Mitch McConnell to give Stockman the sort of full support he’d need to hurt Cornyn. He needs a big surge of grassroots excitement to offset that money advantage. Maybe conservative media can help him do that, although in that case I would have guessed that he’d make the announcement that he’s running on Red State or some talk-radio show. Nope. It was at WND.

It’s worth clicking and reading the latter, incidentally, to see how he’s leaning on Cruz’s brand in Texas to try to jumpstart his own campaign. It was Cornyn’s betrayal of Cruz during the “defund” effort, he says, that motivated him to run. “If you disagree with someone, that’s fine, but I really believe you should do it privately, not so publicly,” he told WND. “[Cornyn] made a big show of removing his name from a letter supporting Cruz.” True, but Cruz is no slouch when it comes to disagreeing with other Republicans publicly. He described “defund” skeptics in the congressional GOP as the “surrender caucus” and then compared Senate Republicans who voted to end the shutdown to an air force bombing its own troops in the House. But oh well. Politics ain’t beanbag — if you’re a RINO and have it coming.

Update: “Liberal John Cornyn wakes up every morning and works to make the Senate a more liberal place.”

Update: A blow to Stockman:

Update: Just got an e-mail from Dan Holler, communications director from Heritage Action, emphasizing that the group doesn’t get involved in primaries, only in legislative action like the “defund” effort. There’ll be no endorsement of Stockman or of anyone else in an intraparty GOP battle.


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Gamechanger?

No.

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Late night out with the kittehs, Allah?

katy the mean old lady on December 10, 2013 at 8:55 AM

A last-minute shocker before the filing deadline, although you can understand the logic. Bigger conservative names in Texas had already passed on challenging Cornyn despite tea-party perceptions that he’s an incorrigible RINO.

It’s a shame so many did pass on the opportunity. It’s not just Cornyn’s RINO tendencies that make him so worthless. He’s also the head of the NRSC and frankly has done a mediocre job in that capacity.

Although I can understand the temptation to focus so much money and attention on McConnell. If you want to send a message to the GOP establishment, his defeat in the primary would be a much bigger deal.

Doughboy on December 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM

No.

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Your take? WND does not exactly thrill me. I put them right next to Alex Jones as far as credibility.

katy the mean old lady on December 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Coryn has no worries
Nothingburger but some fodder for the lsm

cmsinaz on December 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM

But Stockman is a highly recognizable name in some circles, and he looks to be a game-changer. The 57-year-old made waves earlier this year when he returned to the House — where he previously served from 1995-1997 — with his calls to impeach President Barack Obama. And he’s not been shy about his other deeply conservative, and sometimes controversial, views on issues ranging from gun rights to immigration. He has also likened Obama to Saddam Hussein and urged America to withdraw from the United Nations…

So he’s a guy with a spine?

Something tells me Cornyn’s going to be treating the NRSC like his own personal bank account. Given how many times Cornyn has tried to undermine conservatives, he’ll probably have no choice if he wants to survive. In the process though that’s probably going to alienate plenty of other would-be supporters.

Stoic Patriot on December 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Whose endorsement is big enough to propel him, though?

Glenn Beck lives in Texas.

Kafir on December 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Cornyn should be primaried, but by a serious candidate. This looks like a wasted opportunity, just like with John McCain in 2010.

Valkyriepundit on December 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

katy the mean old lady on December 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Wrote most of it in the Headline thread. In short, As fun as Stockman is, he is the definition of “over the top” that TEA party types have been blamed for losing otherwise winnable elections.

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I haven’t forgotten that Cornyn endorsed Charlie Crist against Rubio. Time for payback.

WannabeAnglican on December 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

He’s not quite in Angle/Akin territory, but he’s too close for comfort. At least now we get to waste 10-20 million on both sides of a primary in Texas. Harry Reid is smiling.

BuzzCrutcher on December 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Stockman has the reputation in the Houston-Galveston area as a bit of a loose cannon. A lot of conservatives do not quite think of him as a responsible adult.

Regardless, I might well vote for him in the primary. I don’t think he will beat Bad John, but if he can give him a scare. . . .

No Truce With Kings on December 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

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canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

No Truce With Kings on December 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Exactly

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Stockman has the reputation in the Houston-Galveston area as a bit of a loose cannon. A lot of conservatives do not quite think of him as a responsible adult.

Regardless, I might well vote for him in the primary. I don’t think he will beat Bad John, but if he can give him a scare. . . .

No Truce With Kings on December 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

As long as he doesn’t say anything Akin-esque, he’s got my vote. And no, calling for Obama’s impeachment does not fall under that category.

Doughboy on December 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM

A huge endorsement from the Chronicle can swing this race like it did for Cruz. The local rag from San Francisco (Hearst) will endorse Cornyn. Kiss of Death.

They have been tormenting Stockman for two weeks about campaign shaz they would never question a dem about. Maybe they knew something.

I’ll back Stockman in the primary and probably undercount if Cornyn wins. Yeah, I’m that mad at him.

DanMan on December 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

How long before Stockman sticks his foot in his mouth? I say by the end of this week.

Mark1971 on December 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

This is all kinds of AWESOME! I love me some Steve Stockman!

Pork-Chop on December 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I live in Texas. The only candidate who has blanketed the state by amassing a grassroots organization is Dwayne Stovall and has nearly 1,000 volunteers. He has the respect of nearly every Tea Party group and has been focused on this.

Rep. Stockman got into the race too late, and sometimes votes like Cornyn. In order to win this, he’ll have to take any money he can, rather than by working with Texans to do it.

http://www.texansforstovall.com

beatcanvas on December 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM

OT:

News organizations are falling over one another reporting about the Obama-Castro handshake…I looked at the photo, and honestly it appears that Obama is bowing again…

PatriotRider on December 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Please don’t lose this seat, Texas.

Too bad DeMint couldn’t hop into the SC race and primary Graham.

BuckeyeSam on December 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Stupid to challenge Cornyn. All GOP and conservative resources should be aimed at retaking the Senate, not civil war.

Ditto Liz Cheney.

matthew8787 on December 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Sorry but this is dumb. Stockman has 3 months until the primary. He would need about $15M to run a real campaign.

He should have gotten into the race a year ago.

dforston on December 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Please don’t lose this seat, Texas.

Too bad DeMint couldn’t hop into the SC race and primary Graham.

BuckeyeSam on December 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Don’t worry. Whoever wins the GOP primary is the next Senator from Texas.

Doughboy on December 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Simple exercise. See how often Cornyn votes with vs against Reid. You might be surprised how close they track.

yetanotherjohn on December 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

News organizations are falling over one another reporting about the Obama-Castro handshake…I looked at the photo, and honestly it appears that Obama is bowing again…

PatriotRider on December 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Dog Eater isn’t bowing, he’s looking down at Castro’s shoes and whispering “I’ll put a shine on those if you like.”

Bishop on December 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Stupid to challenge Cornyn. All GOP and conservative resources should be aimed at retaking the Senate, not civil war.

Ditto Liz Cheney.

matthew8787 on December 10, 2013

Amen to that

BuzzCrutcher on December 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

And he’s not been shy about his other deeply conservative, and sometimes controversial, views on issues ranging from gun rights to immigration.

Has anyone else noticed that “conservative” and “controversial” have become synonymous? Note that Abortion Barbie’s views are not “controversial,” because the press agrees with her idea that killing babies is OK.

Wino on December 10, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Cornyn wins. That will be the final headline.

Nobody can successfully challenge Cornyn in this election. That’s a fools errand.

People need to stop thinking so one-dimensional. The goal should be to ultimately influence Cornyn’s voting. He has perhaps one more term in him and that should be used as leverage.

There are other ways to get that done.

Marcus Traianus on December 10, 2013 at 9:22 AM

***

Rep. Stockman got into the race too late, and sometimes votes like Cornyn. In order to win this, he’ll have to take any money he can, rather than by working with Texans to do it.

http://www.texansforstovall.com

beatcanvas on December 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Flesh this out. Who’s in this GOP primary? Cornyn (of course), Stockman (according to this post), and this guy Stovall?

On looks alone, if I were a Texan, I’d vote for Stovall. You’d be sending either Mr. Clean or a smiling Vic Mackey to the U.S. Senate–and I might not mind that latter if he were to go there and step on some Dem and RINO toes.

BuckeyeSam on December 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Cornyn probably remains the Senator. But hopefully he sweats a little.

22044 on December 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I will vote for anyone except Cornyn. He’s the ultimate party hack. Ditto Straus in the State Lege. He’s another one who sabotages the conservative position for his own ends, just like Cronyism.

Wino on December 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Hey, I’ve got an idea! Let’s forget about winning Democrat seats and spend our time and energy going after our own!

The Opinionator on December 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

hopefully this shiny object will keep MSNBC occupied. while the dems lose 7 other seats that they wont even mention. maybe this stockman is a witch?

t8stlikchkn on December 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Oh, and Stockman is in the race probably at Cornyn’s request. His job is to take votes away from Stovall. He has no intention of winning.

Wino on December 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Flesh this out. Who’s in this GOP primary? Cornyn (of course), Stockman (according to this post), and this guy Stovall?

On looks alone, if I were a Texan, I’d vote for Stovall. You’d be sending either Mr. Clean or a smiling Vic Mackey to the U.S. Senate–and I might not mind that latter if he were to go there and step on some Dem and RINO toes.

BuckeyeSam on December 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I find the list quite depressing.

Valkyriepundit on December 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

I read that the race is now closed and my guess is Stockman was a last minute insert to split the “other” vote. If you’re looking for a Ted Cruz, you won’t find it in a guy who has been running for one office after another since the early 90s. I see the hand of Rove derailing the Stovall train here, since like Cruz he would be a completely fresh face.

Marcus on December 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Has anyone else noticed that “conservative” and “controversial” have become synonymous? Note that Abortion Barbie’s views are not “controversial,” because the press agrees with her idea that killing babies is OK.

Wino on December 10, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Although Gingrich has considerable warts, one thing he does very well is fight the language wars. Too many in the GOP roll over and play dead in the face of this kind of caricaturing. On abortion alone, every challenge should be redirected to who’s really more controversial. Indeed, they should be accused of being ghouls who stomach the likes of Kermit Gosnell.

BuckeyeSam on December 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

OT:

News organizations are falling over one another reporting about the Obama-Castro handshake…I looked at the photo, and honestly it appears that Obama is bowing again…

PatriotRider on December 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

PatriotRider:Exactly Correct,..bowing again:)
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canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Too little, too late. Ain’t gonna happen.

TXUS on December 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Hey, I’ve got an idea! Let’s forget about winning Democrat seats and spend our time and energy going after our own!

The Opinionator on December 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The presumption is strong in this one.

Valkyriepundit on December 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I live in Texas. The only candidate who has blanketed the state by amassing a grassroots organization is Dwayne Stovall and has nearly 1,000 volunteers. He has the respect of nearly every Tea Party group and has been focused on this.

beatcanvas on December 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Stovall is great – one lingering problem that I have with him is that he has openly admitted to employing illegals “forever”, and says that he “understand(s) their plight”. Not a deal breaker, but troubling, although, at least he’s honest about it.

http://www.texasconservativenews.com/2013/07/08/dwayne-stovall-roll-senator-illegal-immigration-video/1786

Pork-Chop on December 10, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I find the list quite depressing.

Valkyriepundit on December 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Ah, Debra Medina in the “declined” column. Of course Wendy Davis backers want her to screw up the governor’s race and have promised to bankroll her with millions, only if she runs as a third party.

Marcus on December 10, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Club for Growth; like a great many other ‘Republican’ organizations, should conservatives care what they think? Are their comments meaningful, or is it roughly like Karl Rove and his merry band saying bad things about a conservative? If Rove said “I give Cornyn an 87% score”, that wouldn’t impress me much.

Midas on December 10, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Chuck todd just compared stockman to Hayworth in Az…. he’ll get votes but won’t win

I didn’t vote for McCain but I feel the same thing is going to happen here

*eeyore *

cmsinaz on December 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Cornyn’s chances here are better than Dewhurst’s chances in his four-way race to retain his Lt. Gov. position. But Dewhurst has more control over his race than Cornyn does of his, because the Senate will be in session between now and March 4.

A push in Congress towards a new immigration bill or a budget deal that ends sequestration which is seen as having the backing of the GOP leadership would fire people up to vote against Cornyn in the primary (though since McConnell’s in the same boat as Cornyn right now in looking to beat back a challenge from his right, it’s in both their interests not do do anything to anger the base for the next several months).

jon1979 on December 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Does Stockman have Bush support like Cruz did, and with $4 million in the bank?

Nope

Kermit on December 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

If Palin endorses Stockwell, Cornyn loses. It’s as simple as that. She did it for Cruz, will she do it for Stockwell. If she does, that means this challenger is the real deal, unlike what the GOP establishment punks are saying early on.

Danielvito on December 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Hey, I’ve got an idea! Let’s forget about winning Democrat seats and spend our time and energy going after our own!

The Opinionator on December 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Thread-Winner!

Rovin on December 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

It was Cornyn’s betrayal of Cruz during the “defund” effort, he says, that motivated him to run.

Kudos to Stockman!

petefrt on December 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I like how these ” conservative ” Senators can never seem to back other con’s when when it counts. Thumbs down, Cornyn .I don’t know the challenger’s , but I also don’t care.

SMACKRUNNER on December 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Remember Todd Akin.

Do your homework, Texas.

shinty on December 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Danielvito on December 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Not in realityville.

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 9:41 AM

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

That picture of obozo and his beard “looking at the program” sure looks like he’s got a tablet or smart phone hidden there and they’re watching Sports Center.

Flange on December 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The only contender in the primary who has political experience is Rep. Stockman, but getting into the race with no money and on the eve of the deadline makes him look disorganized, unserious and clueless, which is probably not far from the truth.

Valkyriepundit on December 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

And,…………………………

2014 US elections
1m
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Senate Conservatives Fund endorses Milton Wolf, primary challenger to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. – @jameshohmann, @AaronBlakeWP
read more on twitter.com
=========================

https://twitter.com/jameshohmann

https://twitter.com/AaronBlakeWP

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Ugh:

The GOP civil war just got worse

By Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake
December 10 at 6:30 am
***************************

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) surprised the political world Monday when he filed at the last minute to challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), complicating the senator’s reelection bid just when it looked to be virtually problem-free.

In doing so, Stockman not only threw a wrench in Cornyn’s plans. He also intensified the broader GOP civil war that is vexing the lives of Republican senators like never before. Seven of the 12 up for reelection next year now face capable or potentially tough primary challengers, including the two top-ranking Republicans and a third who used to serve in leadership.
(More….)
===========

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/12/10/the-gop-civil-war-just-got-worse/

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

If Palin endorses Stockwell, Cornyn loses. It’s as simple as that. She did it for Cruz, will she do it for Stockwell.
Danielvito on December 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

SO Cruz was just a passive candidate? He had racked up Rubio and Glenn Beck and Mark Levin long before Palin said anything. Stovall is new to politics and has been in the race for months. Stockwell I bet was picked to split the vote for the “other”, you think Palin is going to endorse him?

Marcus on December 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Unless he says something stupid, or does something stupid, Stockman has my vote. Cornyn is more interested in being a politician than in fighting for America.

Texas Aggie on December 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Unless he says something stupid, or does something stupid, Stockman has my vote

Yeah, the problem though is they tend to do that when they are the final candidate.

Marcus on December 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Hey, I’ve got an idea! Let’s forget about winning Democrat seats and spend our time and energy going after our own!

The Opinionator on December 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Agreed, all hail the Party.

Bishop on December 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

That picture of obozo and his beard “looking at the program” sure looks like he’s got a tablet or smart phone hidden there and they’re watching Sports Center.

Flange on December 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Flange:Interesting, maybe its Hopeys Mini-TOTUS:0

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Something tells me Cornyn’s going to be treating the NRSC like his own personal bank account. Given how many times Cornyn has tried to undermine conservatives, he’ll probably have no choice if he wants to survive. In the process though that’s probably going to alienate plenty of other would-be supporters.

Stoic Patriot on December 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I don’t know why he would. He’s already $7 million ahead of Stockman with only 3 months for Stockman to make any inroads. From a money standpoint, Cornyn appears set.

Bitter Clinger on December 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

If Palin endorses Stockwell, Cornyn loses. It’s as simple as that. She did it for Cruz, will she do it for Stockwell. If she does, that means this challenger is the real deal, unlike what the GOP establishment punks are saying early on.

Danielvito on December 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Much as I love Sarah, I’d say the guy is in trouble if you don’t even know his name correctly. It’s Stockman.

Bitter Clinger on December 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

As a Texan (transplanted almost a decade ago): Cornyn will destroy this guy.

I’m all for more conservative candidates, so I’ll have to look into this guy more, but we as tea partiers need to be much more careful in who we back. There are way too many people (I’m looking at you, Herman Cain) who are just jumping onto an easy bandwagon for some quick money and publicity.

John_Locke on December 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I haven’t forgotten that Cornyn endorsed Charlie Crist against Rubio. Time for payback.

WannabeAnglican on December 10, 2013

You do remember the scenario in January 2009, right? We were down to 40 seats in the Senate, and our incumbent in FL, a state Obama had just carried, was retiring. At the moment, few people had heard of Rubio, and a popular governor seemed like a pretty safe bet to keep the seat. Cornyn stuck with Crist too long, but I suspect if you abandon candidates after urging them to run it’s tougher to recruit the next one.

BuzzCrutcher on December 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

A couple months ago I received a call from the Cornyn folks asking for a donation. I made it clear I was disappointed in his lack of support for Cruz (and I meant more VOCAL support) and that I would hold off any donations until closer to the election. It was an interesting conversation and I finally told the representative that I was not making a donation at this time. I have donated to his campains in the past when he was on the Texas Supreme Court and his first run as Senator, but not again yet…

golfer1 on December 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

And,…………………………

2014 US elections
1m
===

Senate Conservatives Fund endorses Milton Wolf, primary challenger to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. – @jameshohmann, @AaronBlakeWP
read more on twitter.com
=========================

https://twitter.com/jameshohmann

https://twitter.com/AaronBlakeWP

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Interesting note: Dr. Milton Wolf is Barack Obama’s 2nd cousin. I’d support him if I lived in Kansas.

22044 on December 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Stovall is great – one lingering problem that I have with him is that he has openly admitted to employing illegals “forever”, and says that he “understand(s) their plight”. Not a deal breaker, but troubling, although, at least he’s honest about it.

http://www.texasconservativenews.com/2013/07/08/dwayne-stovall-roll-senator-illegal-immigration-video/1786

Pork-Chop on December 10, 2013 at 9:32 AM

When Stovall was a teenager, he worked next to illegals, which back then, no one used the word “illegals.” That was the context of what he said in terms of “forever.”

No one on the grassroots in Texas would be volunteering for him if he were in favor of any form of amnesty.

beatcanvas on December 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Flange:Interesting, maybe its Hopeys Mini-TOTUS:0

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Nice, a TOTeUS might help him reduce his stammering.

Flange on December 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I would vote for my Chihuahua before I would vote for Cornyn! I do live in Texas and have followed Cornyn’s record. RINO all the way!!!

AnnaS on December 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Interesting note: Dr. Milton Wolf is Barack Obama’s 2nd cousin. I’d support him if I lived in Kansas.

22044 on December 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

22044::Correct, and I did not know that:0
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Aaron Blake ‏@AaronBlakeWP 40m

Senate Conservatives Fund endores Obama cousin Milton Wolf over Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

OT:

News organizations are falling over one another reporting about the Obama-Castro handshake…I looked at the photo, and honestly it appears that Obama is bowing again…

PatriotRider on December 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Saw that, too.

Too bad someone behind him didn’t knock their knee up his butt while he was bending over and make him fall flat on his face. [or, someplace closer....]

avagreen on December 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Club for Growth says Cornyn has 87% lifetime score

Its the 13% that does the damage….

Cornyn only leans conservative every 4-1/2 yrs. The rest of the time its just show votes with political cover.

He is about as conservative as KBH was, and that aint much. Always “pragmatic.”

There is a reason Cornyn started running Radio ads in Texas spouting he is a “severe conservative” 3 months ago…to scare off any primary challengers.

elowe on December 10, 2013 at 10:24 AM

On Stockman challenging Cornyn in R primary, Club for Growth says Cornyn has 87% lifetime score & doesn’t intend to be involved in race.

Because Texas really needs to hear from RINO-backing amnesty advocates.

Myron Falwell on December 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Hey, I’ve got an idea! Let’s forget about winning Democrat seats and spend our time and energy going after our own!

The Opinionator on December 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Exactly! Why do these crazies want to replace the current crop of stellar and dreamy GOP incumbents? If we just keep voting for them, all starry-eyed and such, someday, when the moment is right, they’ll actually perform for us, I just know it! Keep the faith!

Midas on December 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

During a an interview with Beck, Cornyn was asked about the Tea Party.

This was his condescending opening remark, “I appreciate their enthusiasm and votes</em".

As though the people in rebellion to runaway government are simply an entertaining aspect to politics.

Cornyn is toast!

katy on December 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM

This is little more than the political side of the laws of physics…

Cornyn is part of the GOP Senate leadership – and the establishment GOP is going to be primaried largely because of their own actions vis a vis the Democrats and tea party conservatives.

Push the TP conservatives, and they are going to push back…particularly given their unhappiness with the direction of the GOP as set by those comfortable establishment types who prefer to ‘go along to get along’.

Expect the lapdog media to jump on these events and focus on the GOP’s ‘civil war’ while entirely ignoring the far larger and far more important ‘civil war’ that will dominate the Democrats in 2014 as they are forced to decide between anchoring their credibility towards either Barack Obama / Obamacare or with the progressive vision of government being the answer – but that the Obama implementation is exceptionally incompetent.

Athos on December 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Stockman is no Ted Cruz. Cornyn has been pretty disappointing, and I would love to see him primaried by a serious challenger. Stockman is not the guy, though.

bitsy on December 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

It’s depressing so few stepped forward to challenge Cornyn, maybe Stovall will gain traction, but I don’t know much about him. The big prize is McConnell though, without him Cornyn will be a servant looking for a new master.

Daemonocracy on December 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

John Cornyn epitomizes everything that is wrong with the GOP.

besser tot als rot on December 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Stockman will not defeat Cornyn in a primary. Period.

The real question here is what is going to happen with Stockman’s House seat? If Stockman didn’t already have a primary challenger and he waited til the last minute to file for the Senate, would that mean no Republican on the ballot for the House seat? If so that would be a major SNAFU.

Texas Zombie on December 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Gamechanger?

No.

cozmo

Yup, I’m no Cornyn fan ever since he abandoned Cruz on the shutdown but, to paraphrase “Stockman ain’t no Ted Cruz”

If, if, if Stockman’s poll numbers come in at 20%, a very BIG if, then he’ll still lose but will shake up Cornyn enough to go back to pretending he’s a Conservative when in reality he’s KBH in slacks. Hey, even if he just pretends to be a Conservative and votes that way I’ll still be happy. Stockman’s got a mouth and makes Cruz like statements but he’s not as smart or as slick as Cruz.

In his favor is that he will kill Cornyn on immigration; that, if anything, is Cornyn’s Achilles heel to the voters in Texas, but hey our Governor, Rick Perry’s pretty soft on immigration , as are most of our major office holders and they still win.

The wild card in my home state are all those damn Yankees moving here to escape high taxes northern states and then turn around and vote for the same people they moved to Texas to avoid; idiots.

Stockman will scare those blue panty waist Dems in Austin and Dallas enough to ensure Cornyn will get their “scaredy cat” vote.

It’ll be fun, for awhile, but Stockman has splinters in the windmills of his mind if he thinks he has a chance against Cornyn. But, as I mentioned earlier, he might be enough to scare Cornyn in pretending to be a Conservative and that’s the best I can hope for.

E9RET on December 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

If Palin endorses Stockwell, Cornyn loses. It’s as simple as that. She did it for Cruz, will she do it for Stockwell. If she does, that means this challenger is the real deal, unlike what the GOP establishment punks are saying early on.

Danielvito on December 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Sarah Palin’s endorsement wouldn’t do much for Stockman. She couldn’t even get Joe Miller elected in her own state.

Tea Party candidates need to be careful about trying to “primary out” incumbent Republican Senators perceived as RINOs. This can result in giving “safe” Republican seats to the Democrats, as what happened in Indiana and Missouri last year, in states Mitt Romney carried in the Presidential election.

Ted Cruz is a true conservative and a great Senator, but he didn’t challenge an incumbent Republican Senator, but ran in (and won) a primary for a Senate seat left open by the retirement of Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Besides, Texas is a huge state with very expensive media markets. Why should Republicans waste lots of money trying to “primary out” Senator Cornyn while there are lots of Democrat Senators in smaller but relatively conservative states who could be replaced by Republicans with far less money that it would take to win Texas?

To stop Harry Reid, we need 51 Republican Senators, and we only have 45. We need to concentrate our effort and money on throwing out 6 Democrats (or winning seats left open by retiring Democrats), and leave our 45 Republican Senators alone. About the only RINO really worth primarying in 2014 is Flimsy Graham of SC.

Steve Z on December 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Someone mentioned Senate Conservative fund, which received 2/3 of its cash on hand from a fellow who hires illegals.

How does DeMint spin this?

Kermit on December 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I don’t know a lot about Stockman but I like the highlights I’ve read. Go Stockman!

FloatingRock on December 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Pseudo-conservatives love to call real conservatives “far right”.

redware on December 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

House Speaker John Boehner files petition for re-election – @SpeakerBoehner
read more on johnboehner.com

http://www.johnboehner.com/blog/photo-boehner-files-petitions-re-election

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I don’t know anything about him yet but I’ve heard that Boehner has at least one primary challenger:

http://gurrforcongress.com/

FloatingRock on December 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

If we can primary out McConnell, Boehner and Cornyn it would be an awesome start to saving the country!

FloatingRock on December 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Get rid of Cantor, too!

FloatingRock on December 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Danielvito on December 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Palin’s endorsement certainly helped Cruz, but that wasn’t the reason Cruz won. Cruz was the reason Cruz won. He’s an extremely talented politician, and the man is clearly brilliant. Also, it’s not like he was going up against an incumbent senator. Dewhurst was the heir apparent, but Cruz ran a brilliant campaign and destroyed him in the debates. The fact that he has an impressive resume, is a gifted speaker, and Hispanic helped tremendously too.

The fact that Stockman decided to make the announcement on WND says it all. I wouldn’t expect any significant figure endorsing him.

GOPRanknFile on December 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Nobody can successfully challenge Cornyn in this election. That’s a fools errand.

People need to stop thinking so one-dimensional. The goal should be to ultimately influence Cornyn’s voting. He has perhaps one more term in him and that should be used as leverage.

There are other ways to get that done.

Marcus Traianus on December 10, 2013 at 9:22 AM

That’s what they thought about Dewhurst. Dewhurst himself believed it and would not show up at candidate forums presented by the TEA party. They took to putting his picture on a milk carton and placing it on the daius where he would have sat. Guess who’s picture has been gracing milk cartons the last few months.

If by some miracle McConnell loses, then Cornyn is next in line for leader. If that happens, he will never leave. Best to fight to get him out now.

Kafir on December 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

When Stovall was a teenager, he worked next to illegals, which back then, no one used the word “illegals.” That was the context of what he said in terms of “forever.”

No one on the grassroots in Texas would be volunteering for him if he were in favor of any form of amnesty.

beatcanvas on December 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

In the interview, he clearly states that he has “worked for, with and EMPLOYED them FOREVER”. Yes, he claims to oppose AMNESTY, and he claims to be firm on illegal immigration, but his stance is brought into question when he openly admits to hiring illegals. Opposing AMNESTY while employing illegals certainly sends a strange mixed message, and raises a red flag.

Pork-Chop on December 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Don’t be fooled by Cornyn’s apparent lack of conservative cred. Prior to taking the leadership position, which by default forces some moderation as you can’t ignore the likes of Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins, he was clearly a leading conservative in the Senate.

Tater Salad on December 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Don’t be fooled by Cornyn’s apparent lack of conservative cred. Prior to taking the leadership position, which by default forces some moderation as you can’t ignore the likes of Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins

Well that doesn’t make him a very strong leader, does it.

elowe on December 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

If Cornyn isn’t returned to the Senate he will start collecting his, what, 6th government pension?

R H on December 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

E9RET on December 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Hey-We were once some of those ‘Yankees’-and we moved to Texas for the freedom!

annoyinglittletwerp on December 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Kafir on December 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Cruz started with $4 million in his campaign warchest and Bush backing. BIG DIFFERENCE.

I more following the breaking news of Mack Brown leaving his coaching job at University of Texas and the speculation that they school has already made a deal with Nicky Saban. Gump nation is on suicide watch.

Kermit on December 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM

In the interview, he clearly states that he has “worked for, with and EMPLOYED them FOREVER”. Yes, he claims to oppose AMNESTY, and he claims to be firm on illegal immigration, but his stance is brought into question when he openly admits to hiring illegals. Opposing AMNESTY while employing illegals certainly sends a strange mixed message, and raises a red flag.

Pork-Chop on December 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Good gravy… the guy was a state bridge contractor for 15 years. At times, yes, he unknowingly hired subcontractors who had illegals. When he discovered that was the case, he fired them. He knows what employers encounter with this issue.

I’ve actually talked at length with Stovall about this. Contact his campaign. He’ll talk to you about the issue if it’s important to you.

beatcanvas on December 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on December 10, 2013 at 4:53 PM

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