Texas Rep. Steve Stockman admits he faces an uphill battle in his attempt to unseat Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn in next month’s Republican primary. In a recent exclusive interview with the Western Center for Journalism, though, he explained why he feels it is necessary to call attention to the incumbent establishment candidate’s record.
Stockman provided three key points voters in his race should remember before heading to the polls.
“He’s running as a conservative,” Stockman began, “but his voting record is much different than that. He’s not a conservative. His voting record doesn’t beat that out; his actions don’t bear that out.”
Secondly, the Tea Party-backed conservative touched on the personal nature of Cornyn’s campaign against him. Stockman, who has filed a libel suit against his opponent’s political action committee, said Cornyn will “try to win with his alliance with Karl Rove.”
Rove, who headed George W. Bush’s campaign, is known for ad hominem attacks and “mudslinging,” Stockman asserted.
Finally, the candidate said his presence in the race gives voters a viable conservative option to the Republican establishment represented by Cornyn.
“The voters of Texas have a choice,” he said, “between endorsing the mudslinging and the liberal agenda or voting for something new and voting for someone who is passionate and loves this nation – and that’s me.”
Unlike some others in the GOP, he concluded, “I won’t put my party before this nation.”
As of this writing, Cornyn has not responded to requests for comment.