“With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” Mr. Cruz stated of his daughters, who’re 10 and 12, in his assertion on Thursday. “Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
Untimely holidays and opulent splurges have lengthy ensnared politicians in scandals and public-relations complications: the worldwide journeys organized by the disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff within the early 2000s for members of Congress; Chris Christie, then the governor of New Jersey, sitting on a state seashore in 2017 after he had ordered such seashores closed due to a authorities shutdown; and, extra not too long ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California eating with out a masks through the pandemic final year on the high-end restaurant the French Laundry.
Mr. Cruz’s resolution to go away his state in the course of an emergency was an particularly confounding one for an formidable politician who has already run for president as soon as and is broadly seen as wanting to run once more in 2024 or past.
“It was clearly an error in judgment,” stated Ray Sullivan, an Austin-based Republican strategist who served as chief of workers to former Gov. Rick Perry. While a senator can’t personally restore the facility grid, Mr. Sullivan stated, “people expect their elected officials to be fully engaged during a crisis.”
Mr. Cruz, 50, narrowly gained re-election in 2018 in opposition to Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic former congressman, carrying lower than 51 % of the vote. In that race, Mr. Cruz had aggressively highlighted his efforts throughout a previous emergency, Hurricane Harvey. He just isn’t up for re-election till 2024.
While town of Houston was gripped by the freezing climate on Wednesday, a member of Mr. Cruz’s workers contacted personnel with the Houston Police Department at George Bush Intercontinental Airport forward of his flight requesting “assistance upon arrival,” in accordance to Jodi Silva, a division spokeswoman.
Ms. Silva stated the police had “monitored his movements” earlier than he departed. Officers were seen accompanying him upon his Thursday return.