Rep. Steve Stockman re-emerges from under the radar
January 27th, 2014
02:52 PM ET
11 months ago

Rep. Steve Stockman re-emerges from under the radar

(CNN) – Rep. Steve Stockman came back Monday from a 10-day congressional trip overseas to Egypt, Israel and Russia, his office said in a press release.

The outspoken Texas Republican, who's challenging incumbent Sen. John Cornyn in the Lone Star State's GOP primary, had largely been off the grid for the past couple of weeks, prompting numerous media reports and questions to his office about his whereabouts.

Stockman missed 16 house votes this month, but his office refused to comment on his location or explain why he wasn't present to vote.

He made an appearance at a tea party event in Dallas on January 14. About a week later the Daily News Egypt reported he finished up a two-day trip with four other U.S. representatives to meet with interim President Adly Mansour.

The office for the leader of that U.S. delegation, Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, confirmed Monday that Stockman was part of the codel, though Rohrabacher's office declined to tell CNN last week who else was in the delegation.

Stockman, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the congressional delegation held press conferences overseas, and he accused the American media of misreporting his whereabouts.

"We were with media and public officials every day and conducted press conferences. Reporters knew I was on an official State Department trip but refused to admit the truth because it would have spoiled their bizarre stories," Stockman said in the press release.

"We decided to hold out and see how long reporters would pretend they didn't know I was on official business."

While Stockman tried to paint the media as bias, he still appeared to have fun with the "missing" storyline.

Stockman tweeted a cryptic message on Thursday.

CNN's Ashley Killough, Deirdre Walsh and Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Stockman missed 16 house votes this month
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    Playing politics abroad trying to sure up his foreign policy bonafides in an election year. Go figure. Cornyn shouldn't have no problem beating this fraud.

    January 27, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Mr. Moderate

    "We decided to hold out and see how long reporters would pretend they didn't know I was on official business."

    These poor, picked on conservatives, how do they make it through the day.....

    January 27, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Right wing nutjob slob. Stockman is THE grifter's grifter.

    January 27, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Stockman crawls out from under the cow patty, and takes up the brain dead complaints about the unnecessary travel around the world at tax payer expense.

    January 27, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    ""We decided to hold out and see how long reporters would pretend they didn't know I was on official business.""

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "We're the REAL victims here!!!! The world is out to get us...that's why it keeps changing and won't just stay the way we like it when we tell it to."

    January 27, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    He missed 16 votes already, the house is session only 100 days this year. Sounds like welfare abuse. Tell me why we elect republican morons.

    January 27, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    So Stockman.......what's the bill for your trip.....how many thousands for booze?....for escorts?...lap dances? After all, the "family values" party excels at taking part in things they rail against

    January 27, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Another GOP goes for the fast track foreign policy tour . Now I'm sure he is a expert on mid East relations . How many lobbyist did he shake hans with ?

    Steve Stockman / Rick Perry 2016
    Deep thinkers , with the brans and intelligence to make it happen !

    January 27, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Stockman, the Texas Tea Party Gauleiter, has returned to the US to continue his pointless but amusing quest to convice people in Texas that John Cornyn is not conservative enough. Can't wait to see if Cornyn bothers to debate this whackjob, since it will drag the conversation into Whackyland. Too bad Louie Goehmnert is not running for the nod as well: the comedic implications would be enormous.

    January 27, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Oh please stay in hiding..You are among one of the worst wingnuts out there..The longer you stay away, the better off we will be.

    January 27, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Stockman, the Texas Tea Party Gauleiter, has returned to the US to continue his pointless but amusing quest to convince people that John Cornyn is not conservative enough for Texas. Personally, I can't wait to see if Cornyn bothers to debate this whackjob, since it will drag the conversation into Whackyland. Too bad Louie Goehmert is not running for the nod as well: the comedic implications would be enormous.

    January 27, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    These GOP Congressmen are globe trotting around the world on the taxpayer dime and not one of the TPT that comments here has one thing to say, the POTUS flies overseas on business, real business, because he alone is POTUS, and everyone and their mother has something to say.

    January 27, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    "He made an appearance at a tea party event in Dallas on January 14. About a week later the Daily News Egypt reported he finished up a two-day trip with four other U.S. representatives to meet with interim President Adly Mansour."
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    I would not be surprised at anything that might have been said, or promised, to the interim President. It seems that Republicans have been all over the globe having secret meetings with high level government officials in January. I wonder how much money they raised.

    January 27, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Nobody cared when he was gone and nobody cares about his return

    January 27, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Ugh. He even looks like a snake.

    January 27, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dude reminds me of the man trying to run in GOP House seats by entering in four different states. In that he's interested in Bachmann's 6th District, I say let him run. By the time GOPerville realizes he's not a resident, it'll be too late to run someone else.

    If folks are stupid enough to vote for these fools, we as a nation are far beyond the state of highlighting what Palin coins our "American Exceptionalism".

    January 27, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    "Stockman missed 16 house votes this month, but his office refused to comment on his location or explain why he wasn't present to vote. He made an appearance at a tea party event in Dallas on January 14. "
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    Oh no – what is the American Taliban up to now? Secretive is always bad news – they are up to something. Another government hostage situation?

    January 27, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. with a grain of salt

    that darn liberal media, you fools kill me. He was trying to garner financial support from abroad, true gop, help anyone but our workers

    January 27, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. with a grain of salt

    Yup folks, missed 16 votes in this month, and guess who's the victim.

    January 27, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. with a grain of salt

    What a complete idiot, his office refused to tell reporters where he was, they were asking because they already knew, everything they say is a lie, getting old.

    January 27, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Don't vote for ANYBODY from Texas, look what we got last time , Bush Cheney Cruz gormat delay armey , all teaparty losers and all GOP !!!!!!!

    January 27, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |