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January 02, 2006

Steve Stockman...As An Independent...In The DeLay/Lampson District?

By Vince Leibowitz

[Author's Note: Thanks to RBH in the comments for bringing this one to our attention.]

Could it be true? Is former Congressman Steve Stockman (R) trying to make a comeback as an Independent in Texas' CD 22? According to the Texas Secretary of State's website, there is a Steve Stockman making a run as an independent in the district.

But, is it the Steve Stockman?

I would tend to say 'yes. probably...well, maybe...'

For those who don't remember, Stockman defeted Jack Brooks as part of the "Republican Revolution" in 1994. Brooks served in Congress for 42 years before falling victim to Stockman's electoral tactics. In 1996, Nick Lampson narrowly defeated Stockman.

Stockman is, by most accounts, a right-wing nut. But, his running as an independent is what's bizarre to me, since his old Chief of Staff, Jeff Fisher, is currently Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas. Here's a great "blast from the past" about the two relating to a mysterious fax Stockman's office received just before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Via Off the Kuff, here's a 2003 story which relates (somewhat) to Stockman.

At any rate (since his number comes up when you Google "Steve Stockman Friendswood Texas), I am SO tempted to just give whatever Steve Stockman is in the phone book a call and say, "hey, is this you and are you in fact running as an independent?"

Running as an independent, no less, in Tom DeLay's district! This election cycle is shaping up to be a blogger's dream...oh, the things that could happen?

Posted by Vince Leibowitz at January 2, 2006 09:04 PM | TrackBack


On further checking, Stockman's hometown on the form linked is the same as the one he had as a member of Congress, which is Friendswood, TX.

Of course, this means that Stockman has returned from Virginia (where he lived as a political consultant)

A Lexis-Nexis search shows that Stockman has a pretty bizarre history.

He came to Texas in the 80s and then got things together after watching a televangelist (No word on which one).

He got fined $40K by the FEC for such things as running fake newspapers that published stories favorable to him.

Stockman ran for Railroad Commissioner and claimed that if his opponent in the primary (Tony Garza) was elected, then illegal immigrants would take jobs.

Stockman was last sighted doing work for Mark Brewer in the race to replace Bill Archer.

From what I can see, the main differences between Steve Stockman and Tom DeLay are that

a) Stockman is farther to the right than DeLay
b) DeLay has had more legal trouble than Stockman
c) Stockman has more ties to the Michigan Militia

But they have two big similarities

a) They're both Republicans
b) Stockman lost to Nick Lampson, DeLay will lose to Nick Lampson.

Posted by: RBH at January 2, 2006 09:52 PM

Far left and far right...sounds like an episode of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch. If DeLay is guilty of what Democratic Fundraiser Ronnie Earle accuses him of, then how can Loretta Sanchez keep getting re-elected to Congress when she had illegal immigrants electing her to office?

Posted by: Trey at January 3, 2006 12:40 AM

Leave it to the GOP to break out the "y'all were doing it first" argument as if that makes it any more right.

This guy is the same Stockman, I was reading about it online somewhere else (QR?). It might help Lampson get in...

Posted by: Andrew Dobbs at January 3, 2006 02:00 PM

Stockman is indeed conservative, but he is not a koolaid drinker. He can represent the people of District 22, as opposed to most members of congress who simply represent themselves.
If you think Lampson is a sure thing, think again!!
Stockman is controversial, but hopefully the media will get their facts right before going off on half baked attacks. Stockman is older and wiser, and maybe he has learned from some of his mistakes as a young man. He still beat Jack Brooks and that says a lot!!!
Don't count him out.....it will certainly be a heck of a ride....maybe one of the most interesting races in the country......

Posted by: charlotte at January 4, 2006 11:41 AM

Charlotte, with all due respect, while Stockman did indeed defeat Brooks, he was in turn defeated by the other guy in this current race, Nick Lampson. So to extend your logic, Lampson will win? (I'm waiting for you to change your story now)

Posted by: Harold at January 4, 2006 11:51 AM

Stockman is both an idiot and a nut. I was on the hill during his short tenure and -- after each nutty stunt -- the rest of the Texas delegation on both sides of the aisle would scramble to distance themselves from him.

The exchange over the "Phillip Russell Coleman Act" as he wanted to name it, was classic Stockman. According to her account, when he spoke to the mother, he pointed out that the point (whether the bill was named after the man against the wishes of his family) was mute because leadership wasn't going to give him a hearing. She corrected him, that the word he meant was "moot"; Stockman responded that they pronounced it differently in southeast Texas. (Mind you, the Coleman family is from Shreveport).

And yes, he did beat Jack Brooks in 1994, but there were several factors that went into that.

For one, consider that that was before anyone in that part of the state was taking the GOP primaries seriously. For that reason you could get a retarded monkey put on the Republican ticket (if you don't believe me, look at the empirical case of Stockman). For backup, consider that 53,000 voters voted in the 1994 D primary for CD9. Only 12,000 voted in the 1994 R primary for the district.

Next, consider the Clinton backlash throughout the Democratic strongholds in the south that reverberated in 1994. Clinton-care, as the GOP was so effective at dubbing it, was very popular in in the union north, but even more unpopular in the yellow dog Dem and sunbelt GOP districts across the south. We all know the results. (And no, I'm not saying that Clinton's health care plan was the sole reason for the Republican Revolution, but it played right into the hands of Gingrich's national CWA strategy.

Third, part of the reason for the effectiveness of the 1994 GOP campaign was that so many D's had faced only nominal opposition for the past 2-4 decades. Many of them had either lost the ability to campaign hard, or just the appetite for it.

Fourth, and I'd say this is the only other *major* reason: look at the district. All the way up to the early 80s, it was a working class rural/industrial district. But Houston's suburbs kept growing further from Houston and thus deeper into CD9. With suburbanization, of course, comes republicanization.

Posted by: M K Trout at January 5, 2006 12:17 PM

You guys are missing the point(s):
1. Stockman would not run against Delay, he would drop out. But if Delay loses to a moderate in the primary, Stockman will be the only movement conservative in the race.
2. Stockman at times made himself look bad by being too open, even appearing frivolous, but he was actually an excellent Representative for the 9th District. He is one of the VERY FEW GOPers who truly cares more about the little guy than the big corporations and rich interests. I wish there were more like him in Congress.I would vote for him in a minute. He is also very intelligent. He is smarter than I am, and I was a member of Mensa.

Posted by: rreed at January 7, 2006 11:05 PM

Sorry rreed, but I lived in the 9th District during Mr. Stockman's (fortunately) brief tenure and the man was an EMBARRASSMENT (remember his writing an article in some mercenary magazine, after he took office?). Intelligent? His lieutenants called our Friendswood home during the 1996 campaign and we asked questions. We got "run around"-type answers. We were all too happy to vote him out and we're Republicans!

Posted by: z3mom at January 9, 2006 10:15 PM

With all do respect z3mom, you may be an "R" on your registration, but you’re a "R" “I” “N” “O” by all true Republican standards. Steve Stockman stands for conservative ideals and in case everyone forgot, thats what Republicans are "supposed" to do. They gave you "run around"-type answers as you called them, because as in any campaign, staffers must pander to the lowest common denominator.

Just a note to everyone:

Keep in mind that Stockman put his career on the line so that he could do the things that most politicians want to do but can't politically afford too. Steve Stockman stood up for the lowest common denominator instead of pandering to the big guys after being elected. Furthermore, a Texas Republican's opinion has been slightly devalued considering you guys did elect George W. Bush to Governor, and now the rest of the country is saddled with this RINO! And I am a CONSERVATIVE Republican.

Posted by: JTAO at January 10, 2006 01:20 AM
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