Eight months after his death, Houston homebuilder and GOP mega-contributor Bob Perry is emerging as a point of contention in the Republican primary fight between U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman of Friendswood.
Before his passing, Perry made a $2 million contribution to the newly formed Texans for a Conservative Majority PAC. Now the pro-Cornyn group is devoting its resources to attacking Stockman with a “Shady Stockman” website, Facebook and Twitter campaign.
Stockman responded Wednesday morning with a letter on his website decrying the “shady amnesty cash” backing Cornyn. Though he doesn’t cite Perry by name, Stockman leaves no doubt that Perry is who he describes as a “very wealthy man who relies on illegal alien labor for his business.”
“Before he passed away, he cut a $2 million check to a fake conservative group to launch shady attacks on those of us who want a secure border,” Stockman writes. “So when you see or hear shady attacks on me, they're funded with amnesty cash.”
Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie quickly responded by tweeting, “In his latest fundaising email, Rep. Stockman attacks Bob Perry, who died last Spring.”