Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), the free-wheeling congressman currently challenging Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) from the right in the upcoming GOP primary, is in a bit of a pickle over an alleged 1977 felony charge for possession of Valium.
Stockman recently filed a libel suit against a pro-Cornyn PAC that lists a felony charge on its anti-Stockman website. Via Texas Tribune’s Aman Batheja, the suit alleges that “this case involves some of the most outrageous, malicious defamation ever recorded in Harris County.”
However, Stockman openly discussed the charge with publications during his previous mid-’90s stint in Congress (see Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz on the subject here). The charge dates to 1977, when, having been jailed for the weekend due to traffic violations, the twenty-year-old Stockman was found with Valium shoved in his pants. Stockman was originally charged with possession of a controlled substance, which could have carried two years, but the charge was later reduced.
And after Betheja found an arrest record from 1977 matching Stockman’s name and birthdate, the Dallas Morning News dug up the mugshot. Compare for yourself:
Following a series of minor arrests, Stockman puttered to a stop in Texas, where he found religion and quickly climbed the ranks of the state Republican Party.
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