Ted Cruz flies to Cancun as frozen Texas battles deadly power outages

Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas wears a face mask as he arrives for a confirmation hearing for Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg before the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill Thursday Jan. 21 2021 in Washington

With 2.7 million Texas households still without heat, leaders warned of a domino effect on infrastructure as the lack of power cut off water supplies, strained the ability of hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients and isolated vulnerable communities with frozen roads still impassable.

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. A Republican source told Fox News that the allegations Cruz was traveling to the Mexican city are true.

Analysis: Cruz's Cancun trip violates an unwritten rule of politics.

The images of Cruz sparked a wave of online condemnation for leaving his homestate while it suffered a severe winter storm. "For the 21st time, the Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office". At least 24 people in the state have died this week.

"Congressional lawmakers are also ripping into Cruz over his visit".

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The Dallas Morning News reported that the plane Cruz was on landed in Cancun Thursday morning: Shortly after the flight landed, he retweeted a tweet from (Texas) Gov. Greg Abbott noting that 1.6 million customers had power restored on Wednesday.

"Texans are dying and you're on a flight to Cancun. 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", former MSNBC anchor David Shuster tweeted shortly after midnight.

"I got no defense", the senator later responded to the backlash.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a confirmation hearing for United States Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas woke up Thursday to a fourth day without power, and a water crisis was unfolding after winter storms wreaked havoc on the state's power grid and utilities. Almost 500,000 customers in Texas remained without power Thursday morning.

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