As Tea Party nutjobs go, former Texas congressman Steve Stockman is one of the nuttiest. The former two-term congressman was brought into court in the Lone Star State on Thursday wearing shackles and handcuffs as he faced a judge to answer charges of campaign finance violations, according to Houston tv station KPRC.
Stockman is charged with conspiring to violate federal election laws during his last term in Congress. The charge stems from a charity the Tea Partier set up called “Life Without Limits.” Prosecutors say that Stockman and two of his former employees conspired to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars from the charity to Stockman’s personal use.
According to prosecutors, Stockman set up the charity in 2011. A single person donated $350,000 to it, which, the charges say, Stockman used to funnel back to himself through his employees.
Stockman, who is apparently even too crazy for Texas voters to tolerate for very long, first won a seat in Congress in the anti-Clinton backlash election of 1994. He was defeated by Democrat Nick Lampson in 1996. Stockman regained his seat in 2012, then resigned in 2014 to run in a primary against Republican Senator John Cornyn, in which he was badly beaten.
Here’s a report on the Tea Partier’s woes, via KPRC: