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Photos Appear to Show Sen. Ted Cruz Flew to Cancun Amid Texas’ Winter Storm Struggles

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas traveled to Mexico for a family vacation as his home state struggles with a winter weather crisis that has left many residents struggling without power, photos posted to social media appear to show.

The high-profile Republican lawmaker went with his family for a long-planned trip to Cancun and was expected to return immediately, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations.

Photos posted by social media users on Wednesday purportedly show a masked Cruz boarding a plane in Houston and then flying to Cancun, Mexico.

Hours after thousands of posts on Twitter shared those photos, other images showed someone with the Republican’s last name and first initial of his legal first name — Rafael — standing by for a flight from Cancun back to Houston later Thursday morning, CNBC reported.

Spokespersons for Cruz’s office have not responded to multiple requests for comment from NBC News and the Associated Press.

Southlake, Texas police officers use some quick-thinking and a lot of bravery to save a dog that had fallen into a frozen lake.

The revelation opens Cruz to significant criticism in Texas and beyond as he contemplates the possibility of a second presidential run in 2024. The two-term senator’s current term expires in early 2025.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Texas woke up Thursday to a fourth day without power, and a water crisis was unfolding after winter storms wreaked havoc on the state’s power grid and utilities.

Texas officials ordered 7 million people — one-quarter of the population of the nation’s second-largest state — to boil tap water before drinking the water, after days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes.

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