You might remember I’ve mentioned Dwayne Stovall a few times on this blog and in an earlier post specifically said he was my pick for the Senate in Texas:
Being a Stovall fan I noticed that he seems to have finally broken through to the MSM which has previously totally ignored him as won straw poll after straw poll.
An influential group of tea partiers said in an open letter Thursday they’re no longer backing Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, in his primary challenge against Republican Sen. John Cornyn. That, however, doesn’t mean they’re getting behind Cornyn — instead, they’re backing businessman Dwayne Stovall in next week’s primary.
That’s part of a big story talks about the GOP in the lead to retake the senate and it’s great news to see a guy like Dwayne Stovall mentioned in the MSM rather than only finding stuff like this only in places like Breitbart who covers the story as CBS difference with one difference:
If Grassroots America WE THE PEOPLE PAC’s hand-washing of Rep. Stockman was not clear enough, they added, “we disavow your lack of accessibility to the people of Texas during this campaign and these unethical activities.”
Hmmm Breitbart Texas had plenty of room for the Stockman critique and quoted parts of the letter hitting him but it seems something is missing from the story. Maybe there’s a clue in the actual letter:
We stood with Ted Cruz in the face of nrelenting attacks from every direction, and proudly we stand with Dwayne Stovall. Dwayne persistently and eloquently speaks out for our state’s rights against Washington’s encroachment. Mr. Stovall has traveled the state while still performing his regular work (no small feat), and he still managed to attend events that you seemingly never considered attending.
Dwayne Stovall isn’t afraid of a fair fight to become Senator, but you, sir, hide behind the email and mailing lists of organizations not native to Texas. Dwayne Stovall won our respect and our approval. As far as we are concerned, Dwayne Stovall is the only Tea Party candidate in
Texas for US Senate. We applaud his effort to meet the people of Texas in communities across the state. We note that Dwayne Stovall has a firm and clear understanding of the Founding Principles that give our nation a foundation of liberty. Because he represents these principles and will stand firm to defend our Constitution, Dwayne Stovall has earned our endorsement and support.
The Breitbart story didn’t mention the Stovall endorsement in their piece.
Maybe it’s just me but I’d the Tea Groups endorsing Dwayne Stovall right before early voting might just be newsworthy enough to mention in the Breitbart piece.
I’m sure it’s just an oversight, but to be sure I checked Breitbart sites for other mentions of Dwayne.
On Jan 25th Brandon Darby mentioned Stovall in connection to NDAA at Big Government
Dwayne Stovall, a Tea Party candidate challenging Senator John Cornyn for his seat in the United States Senate, has brought the controversial aspects of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into the primary race.
Darby also had a piece in Big Journalism on Jan 29th mentioning Stovall being excluded from a Dallas Morning News Story:
The Dallas Morning News ran a headline titled: “ Despite Tea Party Grumbling, John Cornyn in Good Shape In GOP Primary.” The headline was accurate, as Senator John Cornyn is indeed doing well in the primary and will likely do well against his two Republican challengers, Rep. Steve Stockman and Tea Party favorite Dwayne Stovall. However, the Dallas Morning News article never mentioned the existence of Dwayne Stovall in their analysis.
That post seems rather ironic because during the month of February a time when Breitbart Texas was launched and Dwayne Stovall got national attention over his turtle soup ad. (including a spat with Gretta Van Susteren) the only place where you will find the name “Dwayne Stovall” on the site is in comments from readers.
Just a reminder during that time I had Dwayne on my show twice , and wrote several pieces on him including one titled ; Dwayne Stovall being Andrew Breitbart
To Dave Weigel’s credit he is heading to Texas and will be doing some ground level reporting, but my advice to Greta & the rest of the media making fun of the ad or hitting Stovall is this:
If you’re going to play gatekeeper on what news is noticed and what isn’t don’t critique a person for using your own biases against you to crash that gate…
…just like Andrew Breitbart did.
Who would think that a Tea Party Candidate would have more trouble crashing the gate on sites named Breitbart (Including Breitbart Texas) a month before early voting than he would CBS, Slate or the Washington post.
It’s a Topsy turvy world.
Speaking of Topsy Turvy it’s the last day of February, the mortgage is due and we are as of this writing $501.89 cents short and logically the odds of getting half a grand of tip jar hits in a day are fairly slim.
Then again I found out a nice young lady I know won millions on a scratch ticket today (she’s been working hard for years. I’m rather delighted for her and if she can manage to buck much longer odds to win millions $500 in tip jar hits in a day is definitely doable.
If the needle doesn’t move significantly today this will be, thirteen months the largest shortfall we have ever had.
I am inclined is to hope that sufficient traffic bringing enough tip jar hitters to get the job will come, and if it doesn’t I’ll dip into what’s left of savings wear the belt a tad tighter and hope to do better next month and keep on fighting.