Posted: Feb 11, 2014 2:57 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2014 2:58 PM
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.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com