The Chron covers Steve Stockman’s entry into the more-crowded-than-I’d-thought CD22 field.
Stockman and [Nick] Lampson are among eight candidates trying to unseat DeLay.
The embattled former house majority leader, under state indictment alleging campaign finance improprieties, has three opponents in the March 7 GOP primary â€” political activist and former teacher Pat Baig and lawyers Tom Campbell and Michael Fjetland.
Libertarians Stan Norred and Bob Smither will seek that party’s nomination at a June convention.
Stockman and Gabriel P. Owens filed as independents.
To get on the ballot for Congress, Stockman and Owens will have to collect 500 petition signatures each from registered voters who do not participate in this year’s Democratic or Republican primaries.
So the November ballot could have DeLay, Lampson, Stockman, Owens, and a Libertarian. That’s quite a large field. It’s a different dynamic from the Governor’s race in that I expect the three extras to garner at most about 2% each, but that may be enough to affect the outcome, and I could be underestimating Stockman. It’s hard to say if any of these guys will draw votes away from one candidate or the other, or if they’ll just get the usual collection of people who don’t like voting for a major party. It’s possible, maybe even likely, that Stockman will provide a safe alternative for strong conservative voters who are unahppy with DeLay, but I don’t know how many of those there are. If he raises enough money to do some mailings, he could have an effect. We’ll see.