AUSTIN, Texas -- Some conservative supporters of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman wonder what's become of him.
The suburban Houston Republican is mounting a challenge from the right against Senate minority whip John Cornyn in Texas' March 4 GOP primary.
But Stockman has made virtually no public appearances in Texas as questions mount about his campaign finances.
Now, he's stopped showing up for his day job, too. Stockman has missed 17 straight House votes since Jan. 9.
Some conservative activists had hoped that Stockman, known for his flamboyant ridicule of President Barack Obama and his support for gun rights, could make Cornyn the latest prominent Republican to pay a price for becoming too comfortable in the GOP establishment.
But the congressman's challenge has slipped from longshot to downright unusual.