Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman walked out on President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday and wrote on his website later that he was thinking about filing Articles of Impeachment against the president.
"I could not bear to watch as he continued to cross the clearly-defined boundaries of the Constitutional separation of powers," Stockman said in a press release after Obama finished speaking. "Needless to say, I am deeply disappointed in the tone and content of tonight's address."
Stockman claimed Obama was poised to "break his oath of office and begin enacting his own brand of law through executive decree.” He skewered the president for refusing to admit that “his policies had failed” while his tax plan amounted to "blueprint for perpetual poverty."
The Tea Partier’s solution was to take to his “Stockman For Senate” website and write a post titled “Should I Impeach Obama?”
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“Obama defiantly vowed not only to radically expand the reach of government from cradle to grave, but to smash the Constitution’s restrictions on government power while doing it,” Stockman wrote in his defense of his early departure from the president’s remarks. “His goal is to eliminate our constitutional republic.”
Stockman wrote that he is “running out of options,” pleading for his supporters to stand by him in his impeachment bid.
The congressman doesn’t seem to tire of publicity stunts: he made headlines last week when the Associate Press declared him “Missing In Action” for skipping several votes during a 10-day period of absence. It turns out Stockman was on an international trip with other congresspeople. While other members on the trip still voted, Stockman said he was too busy campaigning.
“There was five of us on the trip. They were laughing at the whole ‘Steve is missing’ thing,” Stockman wrote Breitbart News in a text message from London.
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“You must be conservative when you’re meeting with the media and the media claim they can’t find you. Reporters knew of trip but claimed otherwise. We decided to hold out and see how long reporters would pretended they didn’t know I was on official business,” he added.
Stockman missed a total of 17 votes during his time off, including one for a $1 trillion spending bill.