Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), already facing a difficult race in Texas, may have just signed his own retirement letter by becoming a pivotal vote to pass the debt ceiling increase Wednesday evening. In defiance of GOP promises to attach spending cuts to further debt ceiling increases, Cornyn sided with Senator Mitch McConnell to kill a fillibuster in the debt ceiling debate in the Senate, after the House passed a clean increase resolution.
In response to Senator Cornyn’s vote, Primary challenger Dwayne Stovall released a statement vowing to vote against every federal spending increase.
(February 13, 2014) – GOP Senatorial candidate Dwayne Stovall pledged yesterday to not only vote no on every federal debt increase attempt, but to use every other means at his disposal, including the filibuster, to prevent the debt from ever being raised again.
Stovall made the pledge yesterday morning before the cloture vote, when it became apparent that Sen. John Cornyn would again betray Texas and vote to allow a debt increase. True to form, Cornyn remained true to his bait-and-switch character.
Stovall said in a statement: “Texans don’t want any more debt. Texans want their Senators to do everything in their power to prevent it. Unfortunately, just like after his vote on cloture for Obamacare, Cornyn votes for it before he votes against it.”
Earlier in the week, Stovall released an ad hitting Senator Cornyn’s record of voting against conservative positions.
Stovall’s website stresses his commitment to keeping the interest of conservative Texans first, and hits Cornyn on repeated support of positions pushed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Stovall lists an impressive number of Texas TEA Party and grassroots endorsements, and this morning tweeted that he is nine for nine in straw poll wins in Texas.