"Just foolin' with ya."
That's what Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) is trying to tell us about his being MIA. Seems the congressman has been so out of sight that even his staff didn't know where he was. He wasn't in Washington nor in his native state of Texas. Actually, the "radio silence" combined with his Claude Rains, Invisible Man act, is is quite an oddity considering in the middle of a "heated" election campaign.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has barely been seen in the past month, despite all the legwork that needs to be done in his uphill bid to defeat Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). He's missed 17 straight votes since Jan. 9, and he's largely been a nonentity on the campaign trail. But on Monday, Stockman finally decided to make his existence known again, insisting he has been traveling abroad on official duties as well as spending time campaigning in Texas.
So, Stockman's story now that he's returned is that he's been traveling overseas. His timing of this seems a bit peculiar. Actually the last time a top public figure of his stature went missing is when then Governor Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) went MIA. He too was traveling out of the country, though officially he was out hiking. Truth is he was visiting his South American mistress for whom he's since dumped his wife. But America can be a forgiving place. At least South Carolina is. They elected the disgraced, resigned former governor as a member of their U.S. congressional caucus of representatives.
Now I'm not saying Stockman has a mistress, but how interesting he chose to say he was overseas and his own staff had no idea. You'd think they would know. This makes you pause, doesn't it? I suppose if he was out of the country and it kept him from 17 votes in the House, it must have been some kind of official business. Here's Stockman's story, via HuffPo:
In comments to Breitbart News, Stockman said he traveled to Russia, Egypt, Israel and England as part of an official 10-day congressional delegation trip.
"There was 5 of us on the trip. They were laughing at the whole Steve is missing thing," Stockman told Breitbart via text message [supposedly] from London. He also claimed that reporters knew about the official trip and simply "pretended" he was missing.
Oh, those crazy reporters, pretending and giving us all a startle like that. Shame on them.
None of the other members of the trip, however, missed the House votes. Stockman said he was missing for those because he was campaigning.
Campaigning? In London? He's running for the Texas senate seat, not a House of Commons wig.
The four other Congresspeople have not yet come forward to confirm if he was on the trip or not. Doesn't that make you a bit suspicious? He says he was with them but so far silence from his four supposed travel companions?
The AP reported on Stockman being MIA last week, writing, "Stockman's staff won't say where he is. They have ignored more than six weeks of emails, telephone messages and social media posts from The Associated Press and other news outlets."
So, missing votes. Missing campaign stops. A staff not knowing where their boss is. Unanswered emails and telephone messages. Silent travel companions. Does this sound like a man who's just too busy traveling the world on official business, or more like Florida Congressman Trey Radel? Radel was missing because of his stint in a rehab clinic. Has anyone asked if Stockman was his roommate there? That would make more sense than the stories Stockman's trying to pass off now that he's resurfaced.
I'm not saying he's a druggie and he was away, drying out. I'm not saying he was off with his mistress. I'm just saying that his stories don't pass the sniff test at the moment. And what walks like a duck and quacks like a duck oftentimes is a duck.
What kind of duck do you think Rep. Steve Stockman is?