REPUBLICAN Senator Ted Cruz’s wife planned a Cancun getaway to escape the “FREEZING” weather in Texas, text messages reveal.
Heidi Cruz in a group texted said Texas was ‘FREEZING’ and invited others to the Ritz Carlton in CancunCredit: Twitter/@DavidShuster
Heidi Cruz sent text messages asking people to join the family in Cancun
She texted on Wednesday that the Cruz home was “FREEZING” and invited others to fly to the Ritz Carlton where they had stayed “many times.”
“Anyone can or want to leave for the week?” wrote Heidi Cruz, who is a managing director at Goldman Sachs.
“We may go to Cancun.”
The text messages were confirmed to The Times by a second person who was on the thread who did not want to be identified because the conversation was private.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz went to Cancun with his familyCredit: EPA
Images circulated of a man who looked like Senator Ted Cruz on a flight to CancunCredit: Twitter/DavidShuster
Heidi Cruz also texted that there was a “direct flight” and that Cancun had “hotels w capacity. Seriously.”
She said they could depart on Wednesday afternoon and return on Sunday, and stay at the Ritz Carlton which is oceanfront.
People on the group chat apparently did not show great interest in the Cancun getaway, prompting Heidi Cruz to make a different offer.
“We have gas stove so at least we can heat water little that there is happy to help anyone we can too,” she said.
Texans waited in long lines to buy food as the state experienced freezing temperaturesCredit: AP:Associated Press
Senator Ted Cruz claimed he was dropping his daughters off for vacationCredit: Twitter/DavidShuster
The text messages emerged after critics accused Ted Cruz of abandoning his state in crisis as it got ravaged by a record-breaking snowstorm.
On Wednesday night, photos circulated Twitter showing a man who looked like the Republican senator on a flight to Cancun.
Ted Cruz claimed he flew to Mexico to simply drop off his daughters for the vacation in Mexico.
Roads and highways in Texas were frozen over during the record-breaking snowstormCredit: Getty Images – Getty
In a local news interview, the senator said he planned to stay with his family in Mexico through the weekend but had “second thoughts” almost as soon as he sat down on the flight there.
Ted Cruz ended up flying back to Texas on Thursday afternoon.
In a statement, the senator said that it had been an “infuriating week” with food and gas lines and that his family lost heat and power along with millions of other Texans.
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” he stated.
“Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
Ted Cruz said that he and his staff were in “constant communication” with state and local leaders to figure out what happened in the state.
The Cruz family stayed at the Ritz Carlton in CancunCredit: The Mega Agency
On Thursday, a Texas Monthly reporter who drove by the Cruz home in Houston said a neighbor told him the block got its power back the previous night and took a photo with their dog in the doorway.
And a New York magazine reporter outside the Cruz home said a man who identified himself as a security guard said the senator was not home.
The security guard said he was taking care of the family dog and said the poodle, Snowflake, was doing well.
Ted Cruz had a police escort when he landed back in Texas, as protesters gathered at the airport and held signs that stated, “24 dead” as a result of the brutal winter storm.
Protesters also congregated outside the politician’s home.
Upon arriving at his home on Thursday, Ted Cruz admitted he made a bad decision to go on the trip.
“It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” Cruz said.
“I was trying to be a dad and all of us have made decisions – when you’ve got two girls who have been cold for two days, and haven’t had heat or power, and they are saying: ‘Look, we don’t have school, why don’t we go, let’s get out of here.”
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