Newspaper posts US Rep. Stockman’s 1977 mug shot

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A newspaper has posted the 1977 mug shot of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, now trying to unseat U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

The Dallas Morning News http://bit.ly/1m3LNzs posted a photo obtained by the Texas Tribune from Stockman’s Oct. 5, 1977, arrest in Madison Heights, Mich., for felony possession of Valium.

A Republican from suburban Houston, Stockman had previously admitted to being briefly jailed, saying a then-girlfriend slipped him pills.

But last month, Stockman sued a pro-Cornyn group, blasting its advertising for “falsely and maliciously accusing me of a felony.”

A Stockman spokesman told the newspaper that the congressman never denied being arrested, but wasn’t convicted of a felony. He also said Stockman “was arrested for a traffic violation, not drugs.”

Stockman is challenging Cornyn in Texas’ March 4 Republican primary.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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