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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week while his constituents continue to struggle with one of the worst winter storms in years, Fox News reported Thursday.
The news comes after hours of speculation on Wednesday night about the senator’s whereabouts after photos of him at the airport appeared on Twitter.
Cruz was captured at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, with several photos showing him standing at a gate, at an airline lounge and onboard a plane. He was spotted wearing the same mask emblazoned with the phrase “come and take it” seen while he was in Senate chambers.
It’s him!! At the United Lounge with the mask off. Your sources are right! pic.twitter.com/sHzPJeuU0K
— Juan Torres (@jualtorres) February 18, 2021
“The photos speak for themselves,” a Republican source told Fox News.
The images sparked a massive wave of criticism online as millions of Texans were without heat and water amid an Arctic storm.
Cruz appears to be headed back to Houston on Thursday afternoon, according to Punchbowl News.
Roughly 2.7 million households were without power in Texas as of Wednesday morning. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported on Thursday morning that a “majority of customers” have had their power restored. Roughly 485,000 Texans still remain without power, according to PowerOutage.US.
President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Texas on Sunday. Drinking water is limited and in many areas, “boil notice” warnings have gone into place, advising that it’s not safe to drink water out of the tap without boiling it first.
Many Texans have been without heat for several days. Hospitals throughout the state have reported that they are experiencing heat and water issues. The extreme cold across the region has been tied to the deaths of at least 20 people.
Houston, Cruz’s hometown, is under a boil water notice and KHOU reported that people have taken to draining water out of water heaters and collecting rain water in order to stay hydrated.
Cruz’s Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday evening and said that Texas was “nearing a failed state.”
“It has nothing to do with God or natural disasters,” O’Rourke said. “It has everything to do with the leadership and those in positions of public trust who have failed us.”
Insider has reached out to Cruz’s office for comment.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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