Stockman Challenges Cornyn in Texas US Senate Race 12/10/13
December 10, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - In a last-minute surprise, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman has
filed paperwork to challenge fellow Republican and incumbent John Cornyn for
U.S. Senate in Texas.
Cornyn is the Senate's majority whip and had appeared likely to escape a
major challenge from the tea party or other far-right factions.
But Texas Republican Party spokesman Spencer Yeldell said Stockman came in
shortly before Monday's evening's filing deadline, withdrew his House
re-election bid and formally challenged Cornyn.
Stockman was elected to a new House district outside Houston last year, but
still should be a decided underdog in the race.
Previously, he served one term in Congress starting in 1994 - and was
perhaps best known for accusing the U.S. government of "executing" members of
the Branch Davidian cult after the siege near Waco.