Read the text messages at the center of the Ted Cruz scandal

James Marshall
February 19, 2021

Ted Cruz's Cancun story.

Ted Cruz didn't flee to Cancun after all, it was Agatha all along. "Seriously", Heidi Cruz appears to have written. Renewable energy proponents, including Bill Gates, are pushing back, pointing out that the state runs largely on fossil fuels and wind power accounted for less than 13 percent of the 30 to 35 gigawatts of total outages.

Part of the one on one interview with @tedcruz about his trip to Cancun. The New York Times reported about and confirmed the text messages, citing a person in the group and the original sender.

'We were huddled around the fireplace behind me because it was the only heat in the house.

"Anyone can or want to leave for the week?" she wrote, noting that rooms at the city's Ritz Carlton cost "$309 plus tax".

His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the BBC. Subsequent questions sent from Insider via text message to a number for Heidi Cruz were left on "read".

The senator from Texas was lambasted Thursday after photos of him at the airport heading to Cancun on Wednesday afternoon surfaced and spread through social media. Cruz's 2018 electoral rival, Beto O'Rourke, took the opportunity to highlight that he'd been playing Gallant to Cruz's Goofus and used his Powered by People organization to call more than 150,000 seniors and connect them with local resources amid the storm.

Ted Cruz has now returned to Texas and said in a statement that he planned the trip for his daughters but flew back to the United States because it "didn't feel right". "In hindsight, I wouldn't have done it", the 50-year-old Republican told reporters as he returned to Houston.

Comedian Blaire Erskine released a spoof video, claiming to be Cruz's "director of communications", asking why Cruz shouldn't be allowed to have his "Eat, Pray, Love moment, like everybody else". But as more information about the trip became clear Thursday, the senator's explanation began to crumble.

'It got cold, in the 30s in the house, ' he told Sean Hannity's Fox News show on Thursday night, having returned that afternoon, chastened, following an outcry.

More than 50 people have died in an Arctic freeze from a winter storm that has left millions without power, heat, and water supply in a state famed for warm weather.

Protesters reportedly gathered outside the Cruz home Thursday evening, chanting "Hey, hey, Ho ho, Ted Cruz has got to go", and "Resign".

At around 4:45 p.m., the senator was setting off for Cancun, Mexico, where it's been sunny with temperatures in the 80s, for a family vacation.

Cruz's staff reached out to the Houston Police Department on Wednesday afternoon to say the senator would be arriving at the airport, according to department spokesperson Jodi Silva.

He changed his flight, he said, on realizing it wasn't a good look.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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