REPUBLICAN Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday admitted his getaway to Cancun was a “mistake” as texts revealed his wife wanted them to flee “FREEZING” Texas.
After leaving Wednesday afternoon for a luxury resort in Mexico, Cruz landed back in Texas and had a police escort at the airport, where protesters held signs stating “24 dead” from the winter storm.
Senator Ted Cruz said he made a ‘mistake’ in fleeing to Cancun with his familyCredit: abc news
Heidi Cruz in a group texted said Texas was ‘FREEZING’ and invited others to the Ritz Carlton in CancunCredit: Twitter/@DavidShuster
Heidi Cruz sent text messages asking people to join the family in CancunCredit: The US Sun
Protesters also congregated outside the senator’s house in Houston.
Upon arriving home, Cruz admitted he made a bad decision to go on the trip with his family.
“It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” Cruz said, according to the Daily Mail.
“I was trying to be a dad and all of us have made decisions – when you’ve got two girls who have been cold for two days, and haven’t had heat or power, and they are saying: ‘Look, we don’t have school, why don’t we go, let’s get out of here.”
Heidi Cruz texted there was a direct flight to Cancun and ‘hotels w capacity’Credit: The US Sun
The winter storm caused power to go out in Texas and at least 24 deathsCredit: AFP or licensors
Senator Ted Cruz returned to Texas on Thursday afternoonCredit: Reuters
The senator expressed his regret as text messages emerged allegedly showing his wife Heidi planning the Cancun trip to escape the “FREEZING” weather in Texas.
She texted on Wednesday that the Cruz home was “FREEZING” and invited others to fly to the Ritz Carlton where they had stayed “many times.”
“Anyone can or want to leave for the week?” wrote Heidi Cruz, who is a managing director at Goldman Sachs.
Ted Cruz was pictured talking to a man at Cancun International Airport wearing a black Ritz Carlton polo shirtCredit: The Mega Agency
Images circulated of a man who looked like Senator Ted Cruz on a flight to CancunCredit: Twitter/DavidShuster
Republican Senator Ted Cruz went to Cancun with his family on Wednesday afternoonCredit: EPA
“We may go to Cancun.”
The text messages were confirmed to The Times by a second person who was on the thread who did not want to be identified because the conversation was private.
Heidi Cruz also texted that there was a “direct flight” and that Cancun had “hotels w capacity. Seriously.”
She said they could depart on Wednesday afternoon and return on Sunday, and stay at the Ritz Carlton which sits oceanfront.
Texans waited in long lines to buy food as the state experienced freezing temperaturesCredit: AP:Associated Press
Senator Ted Cruz claimed he was dropping his daughters off for vacationCredit: Twitter/DavidShuster
People on the group chat apparently did not show great interest in the Cancun option, prompting Heidi Cruz to make a different offer.
“We have gas stove so at least we can heat water little that there is happy to help anyone we can too,” she wrote.
The text messages emerged after critics accused Ted Cruz of abandoning his state which is in crisis as it got ravaged by a record-breaking snowstorm.
More than 4million Texans were without power, and at least 24 people have reportedly died.
Roads and highways in Texas were frozen over during the record-breaking snowstormCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Cruz family stayed at the Ritz Carlton in CancunCredit: The Mega Agency
On Wednesday night, photos circulated on Twitter showing a man who looked like the Republican senator on a flight to Cancun.
The politician was also pictured talking to a man at Cancun International Airport wearing a black Ritz Carlton polo shirt.
Ted Cruz claimed he flew to Mexico to simply drop off his daughters for the vacation in Mexico.
In a local news interview, the senator said he planned to stay with his family in Mexico through the weekend but had “second thoughts” almost as soon as he sat down on the flight there.
Ted Cruz flew back to Texas the next dayCredit: Reuters
Rooms at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun were more than $300 per nightCredit: The Mega Agency
In a statement on Thursday, the senator said that it had been an “infuriating week” for the state with food and gas lines and that his family lost heat and power along with millions of other Texans.
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” he stated.
“Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
Ted Cruz said that he and his staff were in “constant communication” with state and local leaders to figure out what happened in the state.
Earlier on Thursday, a Texas Monthly reporter who drove by the Cruz home in Houston said a neighbor told him the block got its power back the previous night, and took a photo with a dog in the doorway.
A New York magazine reporter who was also outside the Cruz home said a man who identified himself as a security guard said the senator was not home.
The security guard said he was taking care of the family dog and said the poodle, Snowflake, was doing well.