Earlier this month, when Stockman still seemed likely to seek reelection in Texas’s 36th district, the Chronicle’s editorial board had this to say:

Some of Stockman’s antics would be funny if he occupied a less-significant office, but in a Southeast Texas district that’s poorer than most, a district that not only includes NASA’s Johnson Space Center but also needs jobs and health care and education opportunities, residents deserve better from the person who purports to represent them in Washington.

The good thing about congressional terms is that voters get a do-over every two years. In 2014, they need to take advantage.

As of last week, Stockman is a candidate (a long shot, yes) for a six-year term representing all of Texas. Stockman has a lot of answering to do to his current and would-be constituents. The Chronicle’s efforts to date to get answers have attracted some national media attention, including MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and Breitbart (to which Stockman actually spoke last week, without answering much). Reporters—particularly those in state—need to keep the questions coming.

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Richard Parker is CJR's Texas correspondent. A regular contributor to the Op-Ed section of The New York Times, his columns on national and international affairs are syndicated by McClatchy-Tribune. He has also twice been appointed the visiting professional in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Follow him on Twitter @Richard85Parker.