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U.S. Senate Candidate Ken Cope Calls on Steve Stockman to Exit Primary Race
Ken Cope, Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Texas, is calling for U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman to get out of the race, saying Stockman's antics are hurting the party and its image.
In an open letter to Stockman, Cope told him, "The unserious antics you have engaged in since entering the Senate race have done damage to the Republican brand" and said they have distracted from the legitimate criticisms that Cope and other Republican candidates have raised against Sen. John Cornyn's re-election.
The letter, which can be seen in full at the campaign website, www.CopeTexas.com, and the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/
Cope added that the news media have wrongly described Stockman as a Tea Party favorite, which also reflects badly on Tea Party supporters. "I have talked to Tea Partiers across Texas, and almost no one is supporting Stockman. Tea Partiers and other conservative Republicans want serious, solutions-focused candidates who can lead, not people who do outrageous stunts to gain media attention," Cope said.
A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who worked in the aerospace industry for nearly three decades, Cope is seeking public office for the first time. He says the leadership experience that served him so well in business will be a refreshing contrast from the incumbent Senator.
If elected, Cope has pledged to serve no more than two terms in Congress. He also vows not to accept any re-election campaign donations until 18 months before the next election, and encourages other candidates to make that pledge in order to minimize the influence of money in national politics.