- Scrutiny Of Latest Round Of Hillary Clinton Emails Begins
- DPS Director Hammered At Hearing On Bland Case
- Sandra Bland's Arrest, Death Takes Stage At Texas Capitol
- Planned Parenthood Skips 'Political' Texas Senate Hearing
- Court of appeals drops one charge against former Governor Rick Perry
- Trump Tours Texas-Mexico Border
- Kerry Defends Iran Nuclear Deal
- Trump Says Hispanics Love Him
- George Bush Senior Out Of ME. Hospital After Fall
- Abbott Accosted By Traveler Angered Over Gay-Marriage Stance
- Obama Challenges Critics Of Iran Nuclear Deal
- Abbott Orders Investigation Of Use Of Tissue From Abortions
- Local Opponents Of Gay Marriage Vow To Fight On
- Louisiana Gov. Jindal ready to jump into 2016 presidential race
- Abbott Signs Bill To Limit Pollution Lawsuits
- Young Protester Demands Veto Of Texas Budget Measure
- Commissioner To Leave HHSC As Deputy Takes Over
- Clinton: GOP Trying To Make It Difficult For People To Vote
- Perry Announces Presidential Run
- Travis County Gears Up To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
- Like Perry, Abbott Says He'll Leave Texas To Lure Businesses
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- Abbott: Texas Won't Legalize Medicinal Or Recreational Pot
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- 'Open Carry' Bill Heads To Gov. Abbott
- Austin's Top Cop Says Governor Needs To Step In On Open Carry
- Texas Senate Debating Major Open Carry Handgun Bill
- Texas House OKs Letting Clergy Refuse To Marry Gay Couples
- COA Spends $70K On Austin Code Ad Campaign
- Texas Senate Panel Passes Restrictions On Teen Abortions
- Perry Set To Announce Presidential Bid June 4 In Dallas
- Governor Abbott Signs Kari's Law for better 911 Access
- Texas Anti-Gay Marriage Bill In Limbo With Time Running Out
- House OKs Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions
- Austin City Council Denounces Stereotypes In Training Session
- Supreme Court Rules Police Can't Extend Traffic Stops
- Senate Backs Allowing Pastors To Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples
- East Austin Could Get Luxury Golf Course
- Committee Votes Against Requiring Scrubbers For BBQ Food Trucks/Restaurants
- Waste Of Time: Texas House Votes To Keep Daylight Savings
- Senate Gives High Sign To Limited Medical Marijuana
- Pot Legalization Bill Clears House Panel
- School Shooting Victims, Families Voice Against Campus Carry
- Petition May Put Fluoridation Before San Marcos Voters
- Senate Votes To Keep Abbott Promise, Scrap Perry Tech Fund
- Abbott at Rally for Charter Schools at Capitol
- Texas House Approves Slicing State Sales Taxes For 1st Time
- Texas House Approves Licensed Open Carry Of Handguns
- Texas Pushes Closer To Licensed Open Carry Of Handguns
- Employers Warn $15 Wage Will Cause Problems
Fight To Prove Conservative Purity Turns Into Smear Contest
Updated: Tuesday, December 10 2013, 11:28 AM CST
A fight to prove conservative purity has quickly turned into a mud-slinging smear contest.
Less than one day after his surprise entry into the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Texas, Rep. Steve Stockman has launched a withering blast of invective against his chief opponent, incumbent Sen. John Cornyn.
Announcing his run on his campaign website, Stockman writes to supporters, "You and I are in a foxhole fighting to save this constitutional Republic, but liberal John Cornyn is bayoneting us in the back … Liberal John Cornyn betrayed Ted Cruz and worked with Harry Reid to fund Obamacare."
In fact, in the nearly 200-word statement, Stockman refers to "liberal John Cornyn" a full five times.
Cornyn himself has stayed mum on his social media channels about the upstart challenge leaving the knife fight to his spokesman, Drew Brandewie. Soon after Stockman's announcement Monday evening, Brandewie took to Twitter to unleash of a fusillade of stinging jabs, many packed with attributions from major news outlets.
"Stockman was perhaps best known for accusing the U.S. gov of 'executing' members of the Branch Davidian cult after the siege near Waco," Brandewie posted, paraphrasing a line from an Associated Press article coverng Stockman's announcement and referring to his first stint in Congress in the 1990s.
And in what could be a twist on Stockman's "Liberal John Cornyn" dig, Brandewie used similar language with a twist of irony to highlight the East Texas Republican's financial troubles.
"Fiscal conservative Rep. Stockman's campaign is $163,000 in debt," read one tweet. Another one quickly followed: "Fiscal conservative Rep. Steve Stockman has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy."
Stockman's biggest vulnerability is his bank account, all mud-slinging aside. With less than three months before the March 4 primary, his campaign is starting out six figures in the red compared to Cornyn's $7 million war chest. That's a major handicap to an outspoken candidate trying to reach voters in an expansive state where talk doesn't come cheap.