The Cornyn PAC, operating under the name “Texans for a Conservative Majority,” charges that Congressman Steve Stockman, a Tea Party favorite who is mounting a challenge against the well-funded Cornyn, had been “jailed more than once,” was “charged with a felony” and “violated federal ethics laws.” Stockman vehemently rejects the charges as blatant lies, accusing incumbent Cornyn of committing libel in the following statement:
“Today I have filed suit for libel in Houston’s 344th District Court against the attack group that misleadingly calls itself ‘Texans for a Conservative Majority.
“The operators of this big money PAC, who are supporters of John Cornyn, set it up for the sole purpose of a smear campaign all too familiar to American voters. Then, they hide behind the PAC they set up.
“This time, these Cornyn supporters have gone too far. And I’m sure that John Cornyn would agree.
“The Cornyn supporters have committed libel per se against me, falsely and maliciously accusing me of a felony. Of course, I have never been charged with or committed any such act, and these anonymous Cornyn supporters know it. As a sitting member of the United States Congress, I find it unconscionable that another member’s supporters would make such reckless, malicious and false allegations.
“By law, Senator Cornyn cannot authorize nor coordinate his campaign activities with the PAC. I therefore call upon Senator Cornyn to publicly denounce the defamatory tactics of his supporters who are hiding behind Texans for a Conservative Majority.
“Voters are entitled to more from their elected officials than secretive smear-campaigners who operate PACs. It’s time that men like John Cornyn join with me in condemning reckless and malicious defamation by misleadingly-named groups like Texans for a Conservative Majority.”
Stockman also claims that a website, ShadyStockman.com, set up by the pro-Cornyn PAC, which has been flooding conservative websites with ads demonizing Congressman Stockman, has lied about his voting record. The site claims Stockman voted against a food stamp reform bill when he actually voted in favor of the bill.