Stockman breaks House rules with Facebook post

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman is running afoul of House rules in his bid for Senate, using his official congressional Facebook page to attack his opponent.

On Thursday, a post to the page for “Congressman Steve Stockman,” which links to Stockman’s official congressional office website, and lists the phone number and the address for his congressional office, railed at Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, whom Stockman is challenging for his seat. (RELATED: Stockman will primary Cornyn)

“How desperate is John Cornyn? His cronies pocketed a $2 MILLION check from an amnesty supporter and are using to attack Stockman with the SAME PAC they used to attack Ted Cruz,” the post reads. “Cornyn’s cronies are attacking Stockman the same way they attacked Cruz, and using amnesty cash to do it.”

This is the only post on the page that mentions Cornyn since Stockman announced his primary challenge on December 9.

According to the Congressional Handbook, published by the House Administration Office, a member’s social media accounts are “subject to the same requirements as content on Member websites.”

Member websites, according to the Handbook, “May not include personal (outside of incidental references), political party (except for political party affiliations), or campaign information.”

Stockman has a second Facebook page for campaign use: his campaign website links to the “Stockman for Congress” Facebook page, which touts Stockman as a Senate candidate in spite of its title.

Stockman’s spokesman Donny Ferguson did not respond to an email request for comment. Cornyn’s campaign declined to comment.

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