CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz flew into a storm of criticism on Thursday right after leaving his property point out of Texas in the grip of a deadly deep freeze, for a family getaway jaunt to the Mexican resort of Cancun he mentioned he took to please his younger daughters.
“It was of course a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have carried out it,” the 50-calendar year-aged Republican explained to reporters as he returned to Houston.
Cruz stated he had prepared to stay as a result of the weekend, but experienced 2nd views “almost the moment I sat down on the aircraft.”
In text messages received by American Bridge, a Democratic political group, Cruz’s wife Heidi asked neighbors whether they required to accompany the loved ones to Cancun.
“Anyone can or want to depart for the week?” she wrote, noting that rooms at the city’s Ritz Carlton value “$309 furthermore tax.”
With hundreds of thousands of Texans grappling with the fallout from a ferocious winter season storm, Cruz, considered as a presidential hopeful in 2024, faced condemnation immediately after photos on social media confirmed him in an airport line, in a passenger lounge, aboard an airliner and leaving Cancun Worldwide Airport in Mexico.
Some critics slammed his responses blaming his daughters, aged 10 and 12, for his final decision to pay a visit to the resort, exactly where the climate was a balmy 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) on Thursday evening. The Texas Democratic Bash identified as on him to resign.
White Household spokeswoman Jen Psaki, speaking ahead of Cruz was noticed at Cancun airport, said tongue-in-cheek: “I don’t have any updates on the actual spot of Senator Ted Cruz, nor does anyone at the White House.”
Tens of millions of Texans remained paralyzed by ability and water outages following a winter season storm and freezing temperatures that hampered efforts to restore whole electric power.
Some 2.7 million Texas households ended up with out warmth on Wednesday and leaders warned of a domino effect on infrastructure as the lack of ability minimize off water supplies, strained the potential of hospitals to handle COVID-19 sufferers and isolated susceptible communities reduce off by frozen roads.
“We want to be in this article, we require to be in the struggle, we need to be assisting Texans,” Dallas County Choose Clay Jenkins told MSNBC when asked about Cruz.
Cruz, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016, gained re-election to the Senate in 2018 by eking out a victory about Democrat Beto O’Rourke by significantly less than 3 percentage points. He is not due to operate yet again right until 2024.
In December, Cruz criticized Austin, Texas, mayor Stephen Adler on Twitter for getting a journey to Mexico in December whilst telling other folks not to journey during the pandemic.
Reporting by Reuters in Cancun, Mexico, and Andy Sullivan, Eric Beech, David Morgan and Susan Heavey in Washington Modifying by Scott Malone, Howard Goller and Daniel Wallis