- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, State Sen. Angela Paxton, left for Utah last week when Texas froze, according to the Houston Chronicle.
- Paxton is one of several Texas public officials who have left amid the crisis.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, State Senator Angela Paxton, flew to Utah last week for business meetings as Texas grappled with extreme winter weather and massive power outages, according to the Houston Chronicle. .
The Paxtons left for Utah last Wednesday, the same day that US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and his family traveled to Cancun, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Paxton campaign spokesman Ian Prior told the Dallas Morning News that the attorney general traveled to meet with Utah attorney general Sean Reyes in Salt Lake City on Wednesday and Friday.
According to Prior, the two Republicans discussed an antitrust lawsuit that Texas, Utah and others are taking against Google, and Paxton also attended a presentation of the police training program. Prior did not share with Morning News whether the trip was paid for with money from the state or from his pocket.
“I cannot share any more details or the specific reasons for the need for the meeting regarding Google as it involves an ongoing investigation,” Prior told the Morning News.
A spokesperson for State Senator Angela Paxton told the Morning News that she “joined AG Paxton on a previously planned trip to Utah that included meetings that benefit their efforts to promote human dignity and support law enforcement.” Representatives of the couple have affirmed that the trip was for work reasons.
On Wednesday night, the first day AG Paxton allegedly met with Reyes, Paxton criticized the state’s power grid operator and power companies on Twitter, vowing to investigate the Texas Electric Reliability Council, also sharing a number Texans could call to report the price increase.
Paxton tweeted: “They’ve left more than 3 million homes without power for days, including mine,” Paxton. tweeted Wednesday night. “What do you do in response? Raise prices, keep quiet, make excuses, and play the blame game. It’s unacceptable!”
On Thursday, while the couple was in Utah, Angela Paxton tweeted a call for Texans to stay home.
“The roads are still dangerous. Stay home, if you can, and be very careful if you must drive,” he said. tweeted.
The attorney general’s office is responsible for responding to reports of skyrocketing prices, which particularly applied to bottled water and hotel rooms when millions of Texans lost water and heat.
Prior, a Paxton spokesman, confirmed that the Paxtons lost power at their residence but did not leave the state, “until power had returned to most of the state, including their own home.”
Paxton’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.
On Wednesday morning, ERCOT reported that at least 2.7 million homes in Texas were without power. And that night, nearly 12 million Texans were experiencing problems with their water service due to the aftermath of the storm and outages.