Texas: Pro-Cornyn PAC Spends $744,000 Attacking Stockman

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U.S. Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) arrives at the U.S. Capitol after a meeting at the White House on Oct. 11, 2013.

Rep. Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican running for the Senate, probably doesn’t have the campaign funds, political infrastructure and statewide profile to unseat Minority Whip John Cornyn in a Republican primary in fewer than eight weeks in the nation’s second-biggest state.

It is an axiom in politics, though, that you must define your opponent before your opponent defines you (or himself or herself). And a well-funded Cornyn ally is taking the fight to Stockman.

Texans for a Conservative Majority, a pro-Cornyn super-political action committee, spent $744,461 on anti-Stockman ads, it said in a filing today to the Federal Election Commission. (See the ad here)

That’s more than 23 times the $32,027 that Stockman had in his campaign account at the end of September.

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry gave $2 million to Texans for a Conservative Majority before his death last year. The super-PAC has paid for an anti-Stockman website.

Cornyn is a shoo-in to win re-election in pro-Republican Texas if he’s the nominee. If needed, he could tap most of a campaign fund that had $6.9 million at the end of September. Updated campaign finance reports are due Jan. 31.

Stockman, who returned to Congress in 2013 after serving one term in the 1990s, has been trying to portray Cornyn as a liberal Republican. Cornyn, a former National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, has a lifetime score of 87 (out of 100) from the Club for Growth.

The primary election is March 4. The early voting period — an increasingly popular voting option in Texas — begins Feb. 18.




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