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February 8, 2016

Cornyn Responds to Stockman’s Absence: ‘Hmm … ‘

Cornyn will seek re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, would like voters to “reach their own conclusions” about his Republican primary challenger’s recent whereabouts.

On Tuesday, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, who launched his Senate campaign last month on the filing deadline, resurfaced on Capitol Hill after he “mysteriously disappeared from public view nearly two weeks ago,” according to the Dallas Morning News.

Multiple Texas-based outlets reported that Stockman said he was on a Congressionally-sanctioned trip to Israel, Egypt, Russia and the United Kingdom. But the lawmaker, who is serving his second one-term stint in the House, was gone longer than other colleagues who made the trip. He ended up missing 17 House votes.

“I have seven opponents in the primary, and I know while some people find him the most fascinating one, I don’t really want to treat any of them differently from each other,” Cornyn told CQ Roll Call. “And so I don’t really have a comment particularly. I’ll let people reach their own conclusions.”

In almost a month, Cornyn will face off against Stockman and several other lesser-known foes. Despite entering the cycle as one of the most vulnerable to a primary challenge, Cornyn’s strong fundraising edge, lack of a top-tier opponent and disinterest in the race by conservative outside groups have made the second-term incumbent a solid favorite for re-election.

When asked about Stockman’s return this week after a long break, Cornyn let out a few “hmmm”s before saying, “That’s what I read.”

Stockman explained his prolonged absence to conservative outlet Breitbart News by writing, “I don’t have a zillion dollars like Cornyn and have [to] campaign.”

CQ Roll Call then asked Cornyn whether Stockman’s behavior was appropriate and if he believed it’s possible to both campaign and serve in office simultaneously.

“Sure. Sure it is,” said Cornyn, the Senate minority whip.

The Texas primary is March 4. If necessary, a runoff will be held May 27.

  • Rob Erta

    Over time, democratic processes help useful ideas percolate from the minority’s opinion, through the populace, and into the majority’s view.

  • bpai99

    It would appear Cornyn realizes the wisdom of Winston Churchill’s statement: “When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.”

  • Layla

    Rove is running Cornyn’s campaign. Stockman can’t compete against that. Maybe the good people of Texas will wise up. Cornyn is McConnell Junior, both GOP light.

  • terjeanderson

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  • LZ126

    “You might very well think that, but I couldn’t possibly comment.”

  • Mark Williford

    Texans are on the verge of abandoning the Repubs and are flocking to the TEA party. They see Cornyn as the country club republican whose fallen into the Washington pit. Texans can’t relate to exquisite suits, fashioned hair, University of Virginia Law Degree. Stockman is scaring Cornyn as he and TEA party supporters are gaining ground. Stockman in the 90’s defeated legendary Jack Brooks. Brooks was a Lyndon Johnson protege who sided with Clinton on assaulting Christians at a church compound in Waco. In Southeast Texas, Pro-Gun Democrats along with Cajun Pro-life Catholics and Evangelicals ditched the Democrat party and became republicans for the first time since the end of the Civil War. Stockman is an excellent strategist in the same vein as Sam Houston was against Santa Anna at San Jacinto. He captures our imagination of the little guy, devoted to true Texas values, winning against an overconfident compromiser.

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