Stockman Scrubs Misleading Endorsements List
U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, dropped a misleading endorsements page from his campaign website, though some of the information can still be found on other parts of his site.
U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, has scrubbed a misleading endorsements page from his website after it drew questions from several reporters and ridicule from Sen. John Cornyn’s campaign.
Stockman, who launched a primary challenge against Cornyn last month, has a page on his campaign website titled “past and present endorsements.” Normally, campaigns only list groups and individuals that are endorsing them in the current campaign. The page included people such as U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, and rocker Ted Nugent, both of whom had spoken favorably of Stockman in the past but had stayed neutral in his effort to unseat Cornyn.
Stockman’s endorsement page drew increased attention after the National Rifle Association endorsed Cornyn for re-election. The group’s name remained on Stockman’s endorsements page.
“24 hours after NRA endorses Cornyn, Stockman still lists them on his site,” Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie tweeted last month.
On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that one of the people listed on Stockman’s endorsement page, conservative activist Howard Phillips, died months before Stockman launched his campaign against Cornyn.
Though Stockman’s campaign has removed the endorsement page from its website, some misleading endorsements information remains on other parts of his website. Stockman continues to claim he is “endorsed by the National Rifle Association” on a page titled “Proven Conservative Record.”
Stockman’s office has declined multiple media inquiries over the past month.
Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.
Information about the authors
Quality journalism doesn't come free
Perhaps it goes without saying — but producing quality journalism isn't cheap. At a time when newsroom resources and revenue across the country are declining, The Texas Tribune remains committed to sustaining our mission: creating a more engaged and informed Texas with every story we cover, every event we convene and every newsletter we send. As a nonprofit newsroom, we rely on members to help keep our stories free and our events open to the public. Do you value our journalism? Show us with your support.Yes, I'll donate today