'I Was Right to Enter the Race,' Says DeLay Challenger Stockman

After former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay announced last night he would not seek re-election as a member of Congress, former House Republican Steve Stockman, who took criticism for entering DeLay’s race as an independent, said he was right to do so.

“I just knew all along he couldn’t sustain,” Stockman told HUMAN EVENTS. He noted his wife predicted in March DeLay would decide to sit out and he had forecasted a June drop out.

Stockman explained his being in the race: “It’s really strange. There is one precinct person per county and those precinct persons get together to choose a nominee.” The Houston Chronicle named five other Texas-based officials who are seeking the seat. Stockman believes he will get themost votes.

Stockman said, “He [DeLay] told the truth when polling showed he wouldn’t sustain,” but Stockman doesn’t believe any of the scandal will hurt his own campaign.