The story, to recap, was reported last month by The Houston Chronicle. According to the Chronicle, officials in Webster, Texas in November ordered the emergency closure of Stockman’s campaign headquarters, citing multiple safety violations. The newspaper reported that various campaign staffers and volunteers were working and sleeping in the office, located in a former a former motorcycle shop considered unsafe for habitation.
Stockman, who since the office closure has announced a Republican primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), spoke about the arrangement in an August 2012 profile in Human Events.
"Well, you’ll hear a lot of ‘Stockman was lucky’ and similar stuff — just don’t believe it," Stockman told the conservative outlet. "I could not have done it without all the hard-working, grass-roots volunteers. Believe me, we had them — young conservatives who came into an old motorcycle shop, worked the precincts and made phone calls, slept on the floor, and ate MREs [Army rations] for their three meals. There’s nothing like volunteers who believe in a candidate and a cause."
In response to a public records request from TPM, the city of Webster released photographs taken during an inspection of the property on Nov. 4. The images show a makeshift kitchen, a crumbling bathroom, a closet doubling as storage space for campaign signs, and beat up furniture. The refrigerator in the kitchen is decorated with bumper stickers, one of which appears to be Stockman’s infamous "If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted" sticker.
West lost narrowly to Democratic up-and-comer Patrick Murphy last month, but refused to concede for weeks, demanding a recount of ballots in St. Lucie County. Only after a re-tabulation slightly increased Murphy’s lead did West finally accept defeat just before Thanksgiving.
Appearing on Mark Levin’s radio show last Thursday, West accused Murphy of only winning by breaking the rules. “I’m not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me,” said West. He did not specify precisely how Murphy supposedly cheated.
LEVIN: You are a national treasure. You are way too important to have something like this to happen and off you go. That can’t happen. So I’m really curious to know. Do you have further public service in mind, potentially?
WEST: The most important thing everyone has to understand is my voice is not going to be lost. We’ve gotten a lot of opportunities, a lot of offers, and we’re going to make sure we continue to have that platform. […] I’m a warrior and I’m a statesman and I’m a servant of this republic.I’m not going away just because of a congressional race where he seems to have to cheat to beat me.
LEVIN: He sure as hell did. It’s disgusting.
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Florida Republican Rep. Allen West conceded to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy on Tuesday, two weeks after the Nov. 6 election.
West challenged the results that showed him about 2,000 votes short of Murphy in Florida’s 18th Congressional District but was unable to persuade local officials to grant him a full recount. He released a statement on Tuesday saying he plans to take “no further action to contest the outcome of this election.”
"For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process," West said in a statement. "While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election."
National news outlets called the race for Murphy on election night, but West refused to concede at the time.
h/t: Yahoo! News
Twitter’s wingnuts are screaming bloody murder at this writing after Florida’s St. Lucie County failed to finish their court-ordered recount by today’s noon deadline, prompting Patrick Murphy’s campaign to claim final victory over Rep. Allen West.
The Palm Beach Post reports that West’s supporters have charged into the St. Lucie election office screaming, “Count our votes!” West’s lawyers have raced to a judge’s office to demand an injunction against the state deadline. Numerous West supporters are claiming on Twitter that the county deliberately sabotaged a tabulation machine in order to miss the deadline. More on this later today as the story develops.
The Arizona Republic has declared Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ) won a full term in Congress, defeating his Republican opponent Martha McSally. An analysis by the Republic “determined that McSally would not be able to muster enough votes from the remaining uncounted ballots to surpass the thin lead Barber had held in recent days.”
It’s over, folks: The AP has officially called the race for Democrat Ami Bera in California’s 7th Congressional District. With Thursday’s vote tally update, Bera now leads GOP Rep. Dan Lungren by 5,696, an insurmountable gap given how few votes (likely under 25,000) remain to be counted.
This is a tremendous win for Democrats in this blue-trending seat in the Sacramento area. It’s also a huge win for Daily Kos, which endorsed Bera, a physician with strong progressive credentials. A big thanks is owed to everyone who donated to Bera when this race went into overtime, helping to ensure that all votes were properly counted. And a huge congratulations to Congressman-elect Bera!
PHOENIX — Arizona voters have chosen former Democratic state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to represent a new Phoenix-area congressional district.
Sinema had a narrow lead on election night, but slowly gained ground as more ballots were tallied in the last week. She now has a nearly 6,000-vote edge over Republican Vernon Parker.
Sinema becomes the first openly bisexual member of Congress, winning a race that featured millions of dollars in attack ads.
Parker was criticized by Democrats as a tea party radical who would hurt children by cutting the federal education department.
Republicans countered saying Sinema was too liberal for the newly created district and doesn’t understand stay-at-home moms.
h/t: Huffington Post
BREAKING: David Gill concedes to Rodney Davis in #IL13
Good luck to David Gill for trying. We’re taking it in 2014!
The race in California’s 36th congressional district shouldn’t have been close. Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack hung onto the seat for six terms (after gaining it in a special election when her husband Sonny Bono, who had previously held the seat, died). Her Democratic opponent, emergency room physician Raul Ruiz, is a political neophyte; plus he was recently confronted with a politically unsavory bit of his past: a tape of him reading a letter of support of Leonard Peltier, a Native American convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1977.
The district, which includes Riverside County and Coachella Valley, was reconfigured this year and now officially has more Democrats than Republicans. Almost half of the district’s residents, and about a quarter of its voters, are Hispanic. Apparently these folks were not fond of Bono Mack’s Romney-ish positions and style.
Bono Mack recently received a “zero" rating in a study that scored members of Congress on how they vote on the interests of the middle class. Mack voted for the Ryan budget, to extend the Bush tax cuts, and to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In 2006, she characterized the neighborhoods of some of her constituents as a "third world toilet,” agreeing with a local talk show host’s description. She has also voted against employees’ rights to organize, and believes Obamacare is too costly.
Ruiz supports the Affordable Care Act, and Obama’s plan to cut Medicare costs, not by voucherizing, but by allowing the program to negotiate for lower drug prices and cutting fraud. He wants federal dollars to help underwater homeowners, and to promote new industries like health care research and green energy. Like Obama, Ruiz calls for a 30 percent tax on millionaires.
Ruiz’s campaign withstood some brutal attacks by Bono Mack. Her campaign leaked information toThe Desert Sun on Ruiz’s arrest during in his med school days—on a disorderly conduct charges during a “Day of Mourning” protest of Thanksgiving (the charges were dropped). Then came that tape in support of Peltier.
But the attacks didn’t work. Neither did the money.
Good to see Bill Enyart win!!!
BREAKING: Michele Bachmann hold on in #MN06, pending possible recount
We finally have a conclusion in the 6th. AP calls it for Michele Bachmann. Final tally may be outside the automatic recount margin.— WCCO Radio (@wccoradio) November 7, 2012
William Enyart, D-Belleville, was elected to the 12th Congressional District, keeping the seat for the Democrats, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.
With 609 of the 667 precincts reporting in the 12th Congressional District, William Enyart was leading Jason Plummer and Paula Bradshaw Tuesday night.
The latest vote totals:
Jason Plummer (R): 117,362
William Enyart (D): 132,976
Paula Bradshaw (G): 14,882
In the 12th, voters were choosing a successor to longtime U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville), who is retiring.
Plummer, 30, is a Fairview Heights businessman. Enyart, 63, is a Belleville lawyer and retired commander of the Illinois National Guard. Bradshaw, 59, of Carbondale, is a registered nurse.
Enyart took the stage at his campaign party at 10:17 p.m. with his wife, Annette Eckert.
To kick off his victory speech, he said, “The first thing I said I was going to do when I won was kiss my wife.” So Enyart kissed his wife to a round of applause.
Enyart entered the 12th District race in early June, several weeks after Brad Harriman, the winner of the March Democratic primary, had dropped out of the race for health reasons.
Harriman’s exit led a panel of Democratic leaders to convene in late June. They unanimously chose Enyart after interviewing him and six other hopefuls.
"I’m humbled by the support I’ve seen from friends and neighbors across Southern Illinois," Enyart said. "Thanks to all of you who donated your time, energy and enthusiasm, in just four months we’ve gone from nothing to a winning campaign against a candidate who’s been running for the last four years."
In Nov. 2010, at age 28, Plummer nearly won Illinois’ lieutenant governor’s race. He won the GOP primary earlier in the year for lieutenant governor after raising $1.44 million, with the bulk of that sum loaned to the Plummer campaign by Plummer and companies linked to his father.
"I want to thank Jason Plummer and Paula Bradshaw for a spirited campaign," Enyart said. "I look forward to working with them both in the coming years to make Southern Illinois strong."
BREAKING: Allen West loses #FL18
BREAKING: Brad Schneider defeats Bob Dold in #IL10
#IL10 Add a fourth Dem pickup called in Illinois to the tally: Brad Schneider ekes out win over Bob Dold! by about 1 point.— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) November 7, 2012