Here’s a challenge for conservatives in Texas: Taking sides in a surprise race.
And here’s the first answer:
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s bid to unseat Sen. John Cornyn in a Republican primary won’t get the backing of the Club for Growth, which advocates slashing taxes, spending and regulation.
Chris Chocola, club president, said in a statement that Cornyn has an 87 percent voting record with his organization. The Club took that and Stockman’s viability into consideration in making its decision, Chocola said.
“None of those factors weigh against Senator Cornyn, so we do not expect to be involved in the Texas Senate race,” Chocola said.
Stockman surprised the Texas political world by withdrawing for re-election in the state’s 36th District just before yesterday’s candidate filing deadline. He was elected in 2012 and previously represented a different district from 1995 to 1997.
Stockman now is the only member of the Texas House delegation who isn’t seeking re-election. Six Republicans filed to succeed Stockman, according to a compilation from the Republican Party of Harris County in Houston.
The primary elections will be held March 4.