Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE (R-Texas) has largely fallen off the map since launching an underdog primary challenge to Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOvernight Tech: House GOP launches probe into phone, internet subsidies Senators hope for deal soon on mental health bill GOP leader pushes for special counsel to investigate Clinton emails MORE (R-Texas) late last year.
According to The Associated Press, Stockman has missed 17 House votes in a row since Jan. 9, an unusual development for the lawmaker, who had missed only about a dozen major votes last year.
Notably, he skipped out on a vote on the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which he had railed against and promised to oppose on Twitter.
Stockman’s absence from public life is head-scratching this close to the March 4 Republican primary, where he has little name recognition statewide and even less cash.
He entered what many expected to be an expensive contest with $163,000 in debt with only $32,000 cash on hand, up against Cornyn’s $7 million war chest.