According to local news station KXAN, Sen. Ted Cruz was not the only Republican to abandon Texas as the state battled a severe winter weather crisis last week — the state attorney general also headed out of town.
According to a Monday report from Dallas Morning News, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton traveled to Utah to meet with his counterpart, Sean Reyes, and participate in a police training program demonstration, a representative for Paxton told the Dallas outlet.
Meanwhile, the Utah Attorney General’s Office commented that Paxton and Reyes met last Wednesday to go over a current antitrust lawsuit against Google.
While a Paxton representative said the AG’s home did lose power, the representative said Paxton didn’t leave until power was restored for most Texans. As of noon last Wednesday, over 3.3. million Texas customers were without electricity.
The news station noted that Texas legislators have come under greater scrutiny over their whereabouts during the winter storms after Cruz took off for Cancun with his family, only to return the next day.
Over the weekend, Texas Senator John Cornyn trended on social media as many theorized the Republican may have also left the state during the storms.
“WheresCornyn?” and “WheresJohnCornyn” both trended nationally as theories about his absence from public appearances during the crisis abounded. On Sunday, a press rep for Cornyn refuted rumors the senator had visited Cabo San Lucas during the storms, with the representative saying, “No he is not and did not go to Cabo at any point.“
Image credit: Screengrab / FOX 7 Austin / YouTube