Where In The World Is Sen. Cruz As Texas Weathers Disaster? Cancún!

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As Texas endures one of the worst disasters in its modern history, the state’s junior senator took a trip to a sunnier locale.

Twitter sleuths and political operatives began flagging photos Wednesday night showing Cruz at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and, later, on a plane headed to Cancún. 

Fox News and the Associated Press subsequently confirmed Cruz’s travels.

In a statement around 1 p.m. ET Thursday, Cruz resurfaced to blame his kids for the whole ordeal.

“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” he said. “Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”

The senator’s timing could not have been worse.

Days of freezing temperatures have caused millions to lose power. Boil-water advisories are now common throughout Texas as pipes burst from the cold, flooding buildings. The state’s food supply chain is encountering disruptions the likes of which “we’ve never seen before,” Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said earlier this week. 

A lack of preparation for Texas’ deregulated, disconnected, natural-gas based electric grid appears to be the root of the problemThe weather has reportedly resulted in 16 deaths in the state.

As Cruz scurried beachside, his political opposites in Texas were scrambling to address the massive failures of infrastructure that have spread all across the state. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic former congressman and presidential candidate, wrote online around midnight that volunteers under his command had made 151,000 welfare calls to Texas seniors.

As evidence of Cruz’s tropical vacation spread online Thursday morning, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman reported on the senator’s hasty retreat: An “R. Cru” on the standby list for a business class seat back to Houston.

This post has been updated.

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