Texas Senator Ted Cruz Flies to Cancun as Texans Freeze
Feb 18 2021
"Cruz seems to believe there isn't much for him to do in Texas for the millions of fellow Texans who remain without electricity/water and are literally freezing", journalist David Shustertweeted along with photos of Cruz aboard the plane.
"With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends", the senator said in a statement. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.
Between the lines: The CDC has advised that individuals "should avoid all travel to Mexico" due to the coronavirus pandemic and that "a$3 ll air passengers coming to the United States, including USA citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test" before boarding a US -bound flight.
The images of Cruz at an airport with his family waiting to board a plan began circulating Wednesday night. She said officers "monitored his movements" while Cruz was at the airport. As of Thursday morning, roughly half a million households didn't have power.
Since last Thursday, 16 Texans have died due to the extreme weather, according to a CNN tally.
"My job is to stay here until the situation is resolved so that's it you know, I'm gonna let the senator speak for the senator, ' he added".
As an official elected to federal office, Cruz doesn't have an on-the-ground role in the response to the storm, but natural disasters are often a time in which constituents often reach out to their elected officials for help and access to resources.
Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said, "Ted Cruz jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold isn't surprising but it is deeply disturbing and disappointing". The Texas Democratic Party has made multiple calls for Cruz to resign. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted with a shrug emoji on Tuesday in response to an article on how he'd mocked California's power outages a year ago.
But in the meantime, millions of Texans were left without power or running water in the wake of the storm. "I got no defense".
The controversy over the storm quickly became fodder for the nascent 2022 election battle for congressional seats in Texas, though Mr Cruz won't be up for re-election until 2024.