Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas

Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas”

He further described Cruz as "an enemy to our democracy" for challenging the certification of the Electoral College vote before and after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and as "an enemy to our state" for "jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold".

"With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends", Cruz said.

Analysis: Cruz's Cancun trip violates an unwritten rule of politics. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. "My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe".

Cruz's office declined to answer specific questions about the family vacation, but his staff reached out to the Houston Police Department on Wednesday afternoon to say the senator would be arriving at the airport, according to department spokeswoman Jodi Silva.

Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat who lost to Cruz in the 2018 Texas race for U.S. Senate, called out his former opponent during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday for "vacationing in Cancun right now when people are literally freezing to death in the state that he was elected to represent".

The police request from Cruz's office is not unusual as members of Congress have been advised by law enforcement to seek police assistance as they travel by air.

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"We started out with Covid, which is obviously as much of a challenge as anybody should face, and on top of that it's 18 degrees below zero for nearly the entire state", Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, told CNN.

Texas is now experiencing a historic deep freeze, which has killed at least 21 people and knocked out power to more than 4 million people across the state.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week.

Abbott called for an investigation Tuesday of the grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Meanwhile, Punchbowl News reported Thursday that a person appearing to be Cruz is ticketed for a flight from Cancun to Houston later Thursday. His indignation struck a much different tone than just a day earlier when he told Texans that ERCOT was prioritizing residential customers and that power was getting restored to hundreds of thousands of homes.

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