Ted Cruz took his Princeton roommate to Cancun for the ‘family vacation’

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Ted Cruz invited his faculty roommate from Princeton and Harvard Law to be a part of him and his household on their Cancun trip, it has been revealed. 

The Texas Senator flew to Mexico final Wednesday afternoon with his spouse Heidi and their two daughters, aged 10 and 12, whereas hundreds of thousands of their residence state struggled with out energy, warmth and water. 

He flew again the subsequent day amid outcry over the journey, and defended it by saying he was simply being a ‘good dad’ and appeasing his ‘women’, who’d requested if they might jet someplace heat whereas Texas froze. 

After planning the journey apparently at the final minute, Cruz additionally invited his David Panton, his roommate from Princeton and Harvard Law, who lives in Atlanta and works in personal fairness. 

Panton accepted and flew to Cancun, the place he additionally obtained a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Axios has revealed.  

It’s unclear when he flew again. Panton grew up in Jamaica earlier than attending faculty in the US. 

He and Cruz graduated from Princeton in 1992 and from Harvard Law in 1995.  

Ted Cruz and David Panton (pictured graduating from faculty). Cruz invited Panton to be a part of him and his household in Cancun final week on an ill-fated journey throughout Texas’s power disaster that Cruz claims was orchestrated by his 10 and 12-year-old daughters

Cruz is shown returning to Texas last Thursday after being slammed for abandoning his home state

Cruz is proven returning to Texas final Thursday after being slammed for abandoning his residence state

It comes after textual content messages present how Heidi Cruz advised neighbors and associates that they had been ‘escaping’ the ‘freezing’ temperatures. She requested the others in a bunch textual content for girls who reside on their Houston road in the event that they too might get away.

The household additionally left behind their poodle, Snowflake. 

The journey and his makes an attempt to defend it have been a PR catastrophe for the Senator. 

Since returning final Thursday, Cruz has been working additional time to mend his picture and sort out the ongoing disaster in Texas. 

Over the weekend, he served barbecue to first responders in Houston to ‘thank them’ for their work. 

The energy and water scarcity in Texas was triggered when Winter Storm Uri blew by the state, driving up the sudden demand for power. 

Texas – which operates on his personal electrical grid not like the remainder of the US – wasn’t ready for it. 

The Senator uploaded photos to Facebook on Sunday showing him serving barbecue to first responders

The Senator uploaded images to Facebook on Sunday exhibiting him serving barbecue to first responders 

Suddenly, everybody in the state wanted extra power than ever and there wasn’t sufficient of it in reserve. The chilly climate additionally closed down energy crops which hadn’t been renovated to stand up to the frigid temperatures, regardless of an analogous storm in 2011 inflicting the identical issues. 

Now, there are severe questions over why these energy crops weren’t prepared for it. 

ERCOT – the company accountable for the distribution of all the power in the state – initiated rolling blackouts to strive to save what was left of the system. 

They switched off energy to large swathes of the state to strive to preserve the system, however it meant hundreds of thousands had no warmth, water or electrical energy throughout traditionally chilly temperatures. 

Some, together with 11-year-old Cristian Pavon Pineda, froze to demise. 

Others died making an attempt to maintain heat, together with a grandmother and three youngsters, who had been killed by a fireplace they’d began. 

Over the weekend, protesters descended on the suburban Houston residence the place Cruz and his household reside with indicators demanding that he resign.

The family of Cristian Pavon Pineda, an 11-year-old boy from Texas who ended up freezing to death after the family's mobile home lost power during freezing weather last week are suing the electricity companies involved to the tune of $100 million

The household of Cristian Pavon Pineda, an 11-year-old boy from Texas who ended up freezing to demise after the household’s cell residence lost energy throughout freezing climate final week are suing the electrical energy corporations concerned to the tune of $100 million

Le Nguyen, a grandmother, died with her three grandchildren in a fire. She had always taken care of them, often picking them up from school and their various activities to help her daughter further her career in finance

Le Nguyen, a grandmother, died together with her three grandchildren in a fireplace. She had all the time taken care of them, typically selecting them up from faculty and their varied actions to assist her daughter additional her career in finance

The family had been without power at their Sugar Land home for eight hours when the fire broke out

The household had been with out energy at their Sugar Land residence for eight hours when the hearth broke out

Volunteers prepare to load food into cars during the Houston Food Bank food distribution at NRG Stadium on Sunday. Thousands of people lined up to receive food and water at a mass distribution site for Houston residents who are still without running water and electricity following winter storm Uri

Volunteers put together to load meals into automobiles throughout the Houston Food Bank meals distribution at NRG Stadium on Sunday. Thousands of individuals lined up to obtain meals and water at a mass distribution web site for Houston residents who’re nonetheless with out operating water and electrical energy following winter storm Uri

Shoppers are seen wandering next to near empty shelves in a supermarket in Houston, Texas following winter storm Uri on Saturday

Shoppers are seen wandering subsequent to close to empty cabinets in a grocery store in Houston, Texas following winter storm Uri on Saturday 

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