DALLAS (TIP): “Senator Cornyn is a conservative champion for the American free enterprise system. He has a proven record on issues important to the business community and has received a 90 percent lifetime voting record with the U.S. Chamber,” U.S. Chamber National Poltiical Director Rob Engstrom said in a statement. “The Chamber is proud to stand with him.”
The endorsement is the latest example of establishment conservative and business groups stepping up for Republicans facing right-wing challenges. The Chamber has also endorsed Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), a close friend of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) who is facing a Tea Party challenge. Other groups, including former Rep. Steve LaTourette’s Main Street Alliance, have promised to spend heavily for centrist candidates. Stockman, who surprised many with his decision on Monday, December 9 to run against Cornyn, has not yet received the same support from national conservative groups.
The deep-pocketed Club for Growth, the biggest player on the right, said on Tuesday, December 10 it wouldn’t get involved in the race. Meanwhile, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund have been critical of Cornyn and haven’t ruled out involvement in the contest. Cornyn has nearly $7 million cash on hand for the race, while Stockman has just over $30,000 – and $160,000 in campaign debt. Just to be clear: Nobody in Texas thinks Stockman has a snowball’s chance of winning against Cornyn, and they’re probably right. “This is going to be an irritant,” says Matt Mackowiak, an Austinbased Republican strategist. “But it’s only an irritant.”