Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has been publicizing endorsements from several groups and individuals who are not actually backing him in his Senate campaign. In one instance, the person is not even alive and died before Stockman jumped into the race.
The Washington Post reports that as recently as this past week, Stockman's Senate campaign site listed 12 entities under "past and present endorsements," an unusual method of lumping together groups that are currently endorsing him with ones that endorsed his past bids for Congress.
In fact, as of Friday, at least seven of them hadn't actually endorsed his Senate run. From the Post:
After The Washington Post inquired about problems with the endorsements list, [Stockman spokesman Donny] Ferguson said the information was being updated, and on Saturday the endorsements page had disappeared.
As The Huffington Post previously reported, one of the endorsements that Stockman had been touting on his site was from the powerful National Rifle Association. But the NRA has actually endorsed Stockman's opponent, incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
"NRA is not endorsing Rep. Stockman, or supporting him," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told HuffPost in December. "Any claims to the contrary by him are totally false."
Stockman, who served one term in Congress in the 1990s and was reelected again in 2012, surprised political observers when he announced he was taking on Cornyn. While in Congress, Stockman became known for his shock value. Last year, he brought conservative rocker Ted Nugent -- who has floated the possibility of impeaching President Barack Obama -- as his guest to the State of the Union address. He is also prolific on Twitter, recently joking about using "liberal tears" as "gun lubricant."
A December poll had Cornyn with 50 percent support of likely Republican voters, compared to Stockman at 6 percent.