Club for Growth Passes on Steve Stockman
Posted at 9:21 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2013
Cornyn has a primary challenge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The Club for Growth announced Tuesday it will not support Rep. Steve Stockman’s primary bid to unseat Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
“While Congressman Stockman has a pro-economic growth record, so does Senator Cornyn, as witnessed by his 87% lifetime Club for Growth score,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement.
“Our PAC evaluates three factors when looking at races that involve incumbents: 1) the strength of the incumbent’s record; 2) the degree of difference between the incumbent and the challenger on economic issues; and 3) the viability of the challenger. None of those factors weigh against Senator Cornyn, so we do not expect to be involved in the Texas Senate race.”
Stockman filed to challenge Cornyn at the eleventh hour on Monday’s filing deadline. But the congressman faces incredible odds to topple the senator. He needs massive amounts of cash to compete in the March 4 primary, and help from outside groups like the club would have boosted his fundraising.