“I missed votes because I don't have a zillion dollars like Cornyn and have [to] campaign," Stockman told Breitbart News in a story published Sunday. "But I wasn't missing. The Dallas Morning News covered my talk and Cornyn's tracker was there. Both the press and Cornyn knew where I was."
Several news outlets noted that the Texas Republican had missed every vote in the House since Jan. 9. But the Dallas Morning News, as well as the Associated Press, did note that Stockman attended a Tea Party event on Jan. 14 in the Lone Star state.
Regarding the mystery of his whereabouts this month, Stockman told Breitbart he was on a 10-day trip to Russia, Egypt, Israel and England with an official congressional delegation.
He also blasted the media for reporting he was M.I.A. The Associated Press reported Thursday that recently Stockman "made virtually no public appearances in Texas" and called his disappearance from Capitol Hill "mystifying." But the congressman said an AP reporter based in Cairo, Egypt covered the delegation's press conference there.
“There was 5 of us on the trip. They were laughing at the whole steve is missing thing,” he told Breitbart via text message, adding that the Egypt press conference was covered by the AP, Bloomberg, the New York Times and a number of other mainstream media outlets.