Texas Rep. Steve Stockman is running for Senate. Sort of; he disappeared for a while and his campaign seems to have issues maintaining consistent or accurate positions on trivial things. But Stockman's touting two polls — one showing him leading his main competitor, Sen. John Cornyn, and indicating that a run-off is likely. Cornyn can sleep easy; those arguments are largely more misinformation.
We'll dispatch with the poll showing him leading Cornyn first, since it won't take long. "Another Texas #GOP Straw Poll win," Stockman's campaign tweeted and Facebooked on Thursday. But as Slate's Dave Weigel points out, that poll is two months old. Plus it's a straw poll, of course, which is the polling vehicle that in Iowa in 2011 correctly predicted the Michele Bachmann presidency.
Read that Slate article, by the way. It's about how Stockman's spokesman, Donny Ferguson, criticized Weigel on Twitter for saying that Weigel lied in his post. Weigel very convincingly demonstrates — using emails — that Ferguson is wrong about his assertions or, really, lying.
Which has happened before with Stockman's campaign. Last month, Stockman accused Cornyn of lying about Stockman's criminal past, a past that Stockman has for years offered willingly for profiles. That past includes a 1977 bust for traffic violations which escalated when cops found Valium tucked into his underwear. The Texas Tribune got the police report for the arrest, including the mugshot at left. But Ferguson announced that the Stockman campaign would sue Cornyn for allegedly lying about the arrest. And then the campaign quoted its own disparaging comments from its lawsuit in a tweet attacking the senator, as the Dallas News pointed out.