AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A conservative political action committee began airing television ads Monday attacking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Stockman, a tea party favorite.
The group called Texans for a Conservative Majority bought time on TV stations in Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur, which are in the heart of Stockman's congressional district. Lisa Boothe, a spokeswoman for the group, would not say how much the group spent, but added "it was a major television buy."
The PAC supports incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the March 4 Republican primary.
The ads criticize Stockman for so-called "shady transactions," including campaign finance reports that have prompted an investigation by the Federal Election Commission and a series of investigative reporting pieces by The Houston Chronicle.
"Lies. Shady deals. Ethical failings. It's everything that's wrong with Washington. And it's Congressman Steve Stockman's troubling record," the ad begins.
Neither Stockman nor his campaign staff responded to emails, telephone messages or social media posts requesting comment for this story. Stockman and his campaign staff, who primarily speak with media outlets that share and espouse his views to communicate with the public, have not responded to any requests for comment from The Associated Press since Dec. 9.
Tea party groups have criticized Cornyn as being too moderate to represent Texas, and they tried to recruit several candidates to oppose his re-election. Stockman announced his candidacy on the Dec. 9 filing deadline and has used Twitter and Facebook to blast Cornyn ever since.
Stockman recently folded his original campaign committee and started a new one following reports by the media and watchdog groups that his congressional campaign failed to report donations and properly maintain campaign finance records.
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