Paxton’s campaign spokesman, Ian Prior, did not tell CNN when the couple had left or returned, but said the attorney general “did not leave Texas until after power returned to most of the state. including his own home. “
“Attorney General Paxton attended a previously planned meeting with the Utah Attorney General to discuss various issues,” Prior said, listing a simulator demonstration of law enforcement scenarios and “strategies” in a Google lawsuit as some of the reasons for the trip.
“I started to have doubts almost the moment I sat on the plane, because on the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our children, take care of our family. That is something that Texans have been doing. across the state, “said Cruz, who had said in an earlier statement that he had flown to Mexico because his daughters had asked him to take a trip and he was trying to be a” good father. “
As an elected official to a federal office, Cruz does not have a role on the ground in responding to the storm, but natural disasters are often a time when voters approach their elected officials for help and access to resources. .
As Texas Attorney General, Paxton is responsible for overseeing key aspects of the state’s response to the devastating winter storm.
While state officials are working to turn the lights back on in Texas homes that are still dark and to address widespread water outages, some residents face damage that could take weeks, or months, to recover.