U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, please call home. He’s nowhere to be seen on the campaign trail, or even in the House of Representatives.
Stockman has missed 17 straight House votes since Jan. 9— including one on the $1.1 trillion omnibus federal spending package he promised on Twitter to vote against. That’s unusual since, even though Stockman has a reputation as a Capitol Hill renegade, he missed only about a dozen major votes all last year.
The disappearance is mystifying for conservative activists who were hoping Stockman could help them land another blow against the GOP establishment this year. Texas has been a showcase for the right wing’s power since firebrand Ted Cruz rose from back in the party’s ranks in 2012 to become a U.S. Senate sensation.
And Stockman’s staff won’t say where he is, although it’s unlikely he’s on the Appalachian Trail.