Former Congressman Steve Stockman

Former Congressman Steve Stockman is reportedly showing some interest in the Constitution Party. Whether that means a Presidential candidacy, Vice-presidential consideration, or just general participation—no one knows yet.

A former conservative congressman from Texas’ 9th District, Stockman compiled a very impressive voting record during his one term in office. To gain his seat in Congress,he unseated a 42-year incumbent named Jack Brooks. Stockman recently served as director of the Campus Leadership Program at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia from August 2005 to October 2006. He had also been involved with the Young Conservatives of Texas as their state chairman.

27 Responses to “Former Congressman Steve Stockman”

  1. NewFederalist Says:

    He would be a tremendous benefit to the CP! A great catch if it happens.

  2. Trent Hill Says:

    I’m betting it happens.

  3. Michael Says:

    Unlike Alan Keyes, he’s unknown outside of Texas.

  4. Trent Hill Says:

    Michael,

    Alan Keyes and Judge Moore are definetly the ones with name recognition, with Chuck Baldwin coming behind them.

    Stockman is definetly only known in Texas. Additionally,there may be another former congressman interested in the party—-more on that later.

    But this says good things for the CP. While the LP is hoping, wishing, waiting for a Congressman to jump into the race—-we’ve got 3 former elected officials to hope, wish, and wait on—and I dont think its a stretch to say that AT LEAST one of them will join us.

  5. NewFederalist Says:

    Michael- Those of us who remember Reagan’s first term will NEVER forget Steve Stockman! (I am not from Texas, BTW.)

  6. Red Phillips Says:

    I think Stockman is pro-war. I may be wrong, but I think I recall Eric Dondero mentioning him favorably because of it. I remember because I was disappointed.

  7. Trent Hill Says:

    “Dondero says he’ll defer if another pro-war conservative, like former Rep. Steve Stockman, makes the run.”
    http://www.reason.com/blog/show/120230.html

    Of course—-Dondero has been WAY-wrong before.
    And Stockman was in Congress 1994-1996.

  8. Red Phillips Says:

    I think it is good if we can attrack new blood, but the pro-war, pro-intervention thing for me is just a non-starter.

  9. Trent Hill Says:

    Red,

    Only Dondero has said he’s pro-war. He said the same of Root, who is non-interventionist apparently. Stockman, who was NOT in Congress during 2001 and doesnt appear to have made any public statements since then—is probably AT LEAST Agnostic on the war.

    Most current or former republicans who havent said anything on the war are “agnostic”. That is to say,they are anti-war in Iraq, but dont want to get in trouble or hurt chances for the future.

  10. David Says:

    It would be good to have Stockman in the Constitution Party - he is correct on many issues - I don’t know where he stands on all issues. However, lets not fool ourselves. His one term in office was the result of being in the right place at the right time - he was the only republican running in what was thought as a hopeless district when the perfect Republican Wave hit in 1994. He lost reelection in 96. Since that time he has run for several offices in Texas and to the best of my recollection never even won the Republican primary much less a general election. I don’t think Stockman has alot of money or organization behind him. I think his name id statewide in Texas is real low at this point in time. Would he be a good statewide candidate for the Constitution party in Texas (if they could ever get on the ballot) yes. Would he be a good presidential candidate for the constitution party (I don’t thank so) (However, he would be better than Keyes)

  11. David Says:

    by the way this is not the stockman that was Reagans OBM guy in the early 80’s

  12. Red Phillips Says:

    Trent, I have been searching the internet, and I can’t find anything that clarifies his position.

    Root was an interventionist. He has changed because he knows he can’t get the LP nomination as an interventionist.

    I trust Stockman intuitively more than I do Sen. Smith. Stockman allegedly had “ties” to the “militia movement.” Remember that post OKC brouhaha? Stockman and Chenoweth were considered similar.

    Unfortunately, it is not safe to assume that anyone is anti-intervention, anti-war. It is so in the blood of some conservatives that they just can’t shake it. Even some that ought to know better. I almost cried when I found out Larry Pratt was pro-war. He had been nearly a hero of mine.

  13. Trent Hill Says:

    Red,

    Many of the Reagan-Revolution Congressman who were NOT in Congress during Iraq remain staunchly paleoconservative and thus staunchly non-interventionist. I agree that we shouldnt assume, nonetheless—let’s hope he joins the party.

    David,

    I agree that Stockman would not be as strong of a candidate as Judge Moore or some others, but just having a “Rep.” or “Former Congressman” by his name is enough to significantly boost media, rally attendance, and fundraising abilities.

  14. richard Says:

    type alert: second line “wether” should be “whether.”

  15. Red Phillips Says:

    Trent, do you mean the 1994 Republican Revolution? The Reagan era conservatives tend to still have the Cold War mentallity. It is mostly those with significant exposure to Buchananism that manage to get foreign policy right.

    You don’t have to confirm or deny this but I am going to throw out the only names I can think of as far as former congressmen who might be interested.
    LeBoutillier, Dornan, and Dannemeyer although the last two are pretty old at this point.

  16. Trent Hill Says:

    “1994 Republican Revolution?”

    Yea,that’s what I meant.

    I wont say a word on the other possibly-interested congressman.

  17. Fred C. Says:

    C’mon, Trent. Give us a hint. Who are we going to tell? :D

  18. Trent Hill Says:

    Well…it IS just the internet…

  19. Red Phillips Says:

    Trent, where do you get all this inside intel?

  20. Trent Hill Says:

    My brain. =)
    To be honest Red, I create some of it. I contacted Rep. Stockman myself.

    Other than that, its being plugged in. I contact a lot of people on a regular basis and pretty much luck out on some stuff. =)

  21. Humble Travis Says:

    Stockman would be noteworthy to Ron Paul fans as the man who introduced something called the 2nd Amendment Reaffirmation Act of 1995, probably the boldest pro-gun proposal of the 1990s. It was also termed the “Philip Russell Coleman Memorial Act” or something to that effect. Obviously the Act didn’t pass but Dr. Paul reintroduced versions of it subsequently, along with his own 2nd Amendment Restoration Act. Stockman is a hero to pro-gun Texans, but I have no idea of his position on the war. Petrouka donated money to one of his old campaigns though. He should link up with Adask in some way and participate in Texas politics again, forget about the national ticket!

  22. Humble Travis Says:

    I meant Peroutka of course! :)

  23. Red Phillips Says:

    Trent, has anyone asked Tom Pauken if he might be interested? He is definitely paleo, and he was poorly treated by the GOP.

  24. Trent Hill Says:

    Red,

    No idea man.

  25. Kevin Thompson Says:

    Trent, how could I get a hold of you? I am looking for a call-guest for my new internet radio program premiering tomorrow at 4pm. My topic tomorrow is Chuck Baldwin and the CP nomination. Someone suggested I try to get you on the program to discuss it. You can e-mail me at [email protected] if interested.

  26. Deran Says:

    Yay! Everyone gets’ a former member of Congress to run as their presidential and vp candidates. McKinney for the GP, Perhaps Barr for the LP? Perhaps this Stockman fellow, and of course the mystery former congressman, for the CP?

  27. Trent Hill Says:

    Deran,

    I mused about this strange situation long ago. We could actually have 5 congressmen (or former ones) running in the General.

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