Ebene News – US – Source AP: Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm hits Texas

Texas Sen Ted Cruz traveled to Mexico for a family vacation as his home state grapples with a powerful winter storm that left many residents without electricity or clean water

DALLAS – Texas Sen Ted Cruz traveled to Mexico for a family vacation as his home state grapples with a powerful winter storm that left many residents without electricity or clean water

The high-profile Republican lawmaker traveled with his family on a planned long trip to Cancun and was due to return immediately, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity to share private conversations

Spokesmen for Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to the request for comment on Wednesday night or Thursday

The revelation opens Cruz to significant criticism in Texas and beyond as he contemplates the possibility of a second presidential election in 2024 The senator’s current two-term term expires in early 2025

Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas woke up to a fourth day without power on Thursday, and a water crisis unfolds after winter storms ravaged the state’s power grid and utilities

Texas officials have ordered 7 million people – a quarter of the population of the nation’s second largest state – to boil tap water before drinking, after days of record high temperatures that damaged infrastructure and frozen pipes

Cruz was a leading Republican voice even before running for President in 2016. In recent years, he has positioned himself as a key ally of Donald Trump for a possible second White House candidacy

The Texas senator, who described Trump as a “pathological liar,” defended the then-president’s call to block last month’s certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory This stance led to calls for Cruz’s resignation after a violent crowd stormed the Capitol as Congress affirmed Biden’s victory

“You Lied About Election The Capitol Was Attacked Sen Cruz: Resign,” read billboards across Texas by the Republican Anti-Trump Accountability Project

“The left – and some crooks on the right – are eaten up by partisan anger and rage,” his office said in a written statement earlier this month “Sen Cruz will continue to work for 29 million Texans in the Senate”

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Ebene News – US – AP Source: Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm hits Texas

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