Tuesday, March 04, 2014

File Under "Trying to Have it Both Ways"

Cinderella story:

[A]ttended San Jacinto College but dropped out because he suffered from what he called "partying syndrome." When he was a teenager police officers allegedly found valium in his possession after a girlfriend allegedly hid the substance in his clothes. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, but the charge was later dropped. He was homeless for a time. He later turned around his life and became a born-again Christian. In 1990, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He worked as a computer salesman in Friendswood, Texas.

After which Steve Stockman got elected to Congress for one term, lost his seat in a redistricting-forced runoff, did a bunch of things (including caring for his sick father), and was elected to Congress again in 2012.

Pretty good stuff. It's the kind of story that makes a politician look like more than just a prettyface moneybags. He's been places. Done things. Been down and out and climbed back up.

Now he's running in the GOP primary to unseat US Senator John Cornyn, and he doesn't want you to see this:

... so much so that he claims "grounds to file criminal complaints" against anyone who shows it to you.

Bad call, Steve. You're a public figure. It's a public record. You'd be a lot smarter rolling with the "Cinderella story" angle than running for office as Vexatious Litigation Troll.

[more at memeorandum]

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