Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative firebrand who has been dogged by ethical questions and campaign debt, withdrew as a candidate for re-election Monday and instead filed as a Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.
The filing gives Cornyn the Tea Party challenge in the Texas Republican primary that he long sought to avoid in a state where the GOP electorate has moved increasingly to the right.
Stockman has prided himself on being one of the most conservative members of Congress. Soon after arriving, he refused to suport Rep. John Boehner for Speaker of the House, voting only “present.” He has also called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
But the incumbent senator has a huge financial advantage. Cornyn’s campaign committee in September reported nearly $7 million in cash on hand.
Hey, I’ll support him. I loathe Cornyn. Just as I’ll be supporting whomever looks like the best choice among those who are primarying McConnell. The entire GOP leadership needs to go.