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Fake Obama photo meant to "smear" a rival envelops Houston congressman in cloud of controversy

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Congressman Steve Stockman addresses America's veterans at the World War II Memorial Oct. 13, 2013
Congressman Steve Stockman addresses veterans at the World War II Memorial in 2013. Congressman Steve Stockman/Facebook
Photoshop controversy President Barack Obama with John Cornyn FAKE with Twitter background January 2014
Politico's Burgess Everett tweeted a screen shot of the doctored photo on Tuesday. The image was pulled hours later. Burgess Everett/Twitter
Photoshop controversy President Barack Obama with John Cornyn FAKE January 2014
The fake: Stockman's Photoshop team replaced former Florida governor Charlie Crist's head with Cornyn's. Burgess Everett/Twitter
Photoshop controversy President Barack Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in 2009 January 2014
The original from 2009 Yahoo.com
Congressman Steve Stockman addresses America's veterans at the World War II Memorial Oct. 13, 2013
Photoshop controversy President Barack Obama with John Cornyn FAKE with Twitter background January 2014
Photoshop controversy President Barack Obama with John Cornyn FAKE January 2014
Photoshop controversy President Barack Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in 2009 January 2014

With his bid for U.S. Senate floundering, outspoken Houston area congressman Steve Stockman was caught red-handed this week after posting a fake picture of Republican rival John Cornyn standing with president Barack Obama.

Stockman — a local Tea Party favorite who claims his staunchly-conservative opponent is too liberal — featured the poorly-doctored image on his new Cornyn Loves Obamacare website, which accuses the Texas senator of an "intimate, cozy relationship" with the Affordable Care Act.

The site encourages readers to support Stockman's campaign . . . with a Bitcoin donation.

 Stockman has missed 17 consecutive House votes in the last two weeks. 

Stockman's Photoshop team reworked a rather infamous 2009 image of Obama with then Florida governor Charlie Crist, whose head has been replaced with Cornyn's.

The doctored photo was removed several hours after Politico's Burgess Everett exposed it on Twitter.

January has been a rough month for Stockman, who has missed 17 consecutive House votes in the last two weeks. According to the Associated Press, the congressman reports only $32,000 in available cash for his senate run with owed $163,000 in debts. Cornyn's campaign fund is approaching $7 million.

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