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.