Rep. Stockman to Challenge Cornyn in Senate Primary in Texas

Monday, 09 Dec 2013 09:30 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Republican Rep. Steve Stockman said Monday he'll launch a primary challenge to fellow Texan Sen. John Cornyn because the incumbent GOP senator "undermined Sen. Ted Cruz's fight to stop Obamacare."

Stockman told WND he'd file paperwork Monday night.

"We are extremely disappointed in the way [Cornyn] treated his fellow congressman and broke the 11th commandment and undermined [Sen.] Ted Cruz's fight to stop Obamacare," tea party favorite Stockman said.

"And now, it looks like Cruz was right and Cornyn was wrong. He [Cornyn] sided with the president, essentially, in making sure Obamacare became law, while Cruz did everything possible to stop it."

It wasn't just what Cornyn did, but how he did it, Stockman told WND.

"If you disagree with someone, that's fine, but I really believe you should do it privately, not so publicly," he said. "He made a big show of removing his name from a letter supporting Cruz."

Texas Republican Party spokesman Spencer Yeldell told CNN that Stockman withdrew his application for his congressional seat and filed papers to run for the Senate.

Monday was the filing deadline to enter the race. The primary is March 4.

Stockman was elected to the House last year, and has been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Cornyn was elected to his second term in 2008, taking 55 percent of the vote against Democrat Rick Noriega.

He kicked off his re-election campaign last month at an event in Austin, where he was joined by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and starts his Senate campaign with a hefty war chest of about $7 million, according to Federal Election Commission records, CNN reported.

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