Ted Cruz issued a statement Thursday, confirming his flight to Cancun after many news outlets reported his getaway. Cruz acknowledged that this past week was an “infuriating” one for Texans. “Our homes are freezing and our lights are out. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too.”

Cruz went on to explain that his daughters wanted to take a trip to Cancun with their friends.

“Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” Cruz said. “My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”

 

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Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said he wasn’t surprised, but disturbed by Cruz’s trip.

 

As Senator Cruz left the country, his home state was gripped by crisis: millions of people without power, many without running water and a deep freeze so severe that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been activated to send supplies. Gov. Greg Abbott declared that, “Every source of power that the state of Texas has been compromised.”

Cruz’s office has been  silent as the photos spread all over social media, some spotted a “CRU, R.” on a public standby list for a 4:44 p.m. flight from Houston to Cancún on Wednesday. Those same initials appeared on a standby list for a return flight on Thursday afternoon. Both eventually disappeared. Ted Cruz’s formal full name is Rafael Edward Cruz.