Where is Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX)?
Since he started his insurgent campaign against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in December, the tea party candidate has been in the public eye less and less despite a bevy of headlines about aspects of his campaign.
The Daily Beast noted that not only has Stockman not shown up in Congress for votes since the beginning of January, he has randomly appeared in North Dallas and, of all places, Cairo, Egypt a few days later. In between Dallas and Cairo Stockman managed to miss voting on an omnibus bill despite very clearly vowing to cast his vote as "nay."
The Daily Beast and TPM have reached out to Stockman's spokesman for comment but so far have not gotten a response.
Stockman's campaign, however, has continued to try and keep the candidate relevant with a hastily put together website tying Cornyn to Obamacare: cornynlovesobamacare.com. That website featured a picture of President Barack Obama with a photoshopped image of Cornyn, which the campaign later pulled from the website. (There are, actually, other, real photos out there of Obama and Cornyn together.)
Polling of the race has shown Stockman with a serious deficit against Cornyn.
(Photo illustration by Christopher O'Driscoll)