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Ted Cruz says wife Heidi is ‘p***ed’ her group texts about their Cancun trip were leaked

Ted Cruz has said his wife Heidi is ‘p*ssed’ that her group texts about their Cancun trip were leaked, telling his neighbors ‘don’t be a**holes’. 

The Texas senator, 50, faced fierce backlash after pictures emerged of the couple and their two daughters, Caroline, 12, and Cathryn, 10, flying out of the state while millions there struggled without power, heat and water during a deadly storm.

Text messages obtained by The New York Times show how Heidi, 48, encouraged other mothers on their street to join them on the heavily criticized jaunt in a group chat called ‘Lovelies’. 

Speaking on conservative podcast Ruthless, Republican Cruz told host Josh Holmes: ‘I will say, Heidi is pretty p*ssed at that. She was over at the neighbor’s house yesterday, sort of walking through.’ 

Cruz then bemoaned ‘nasty’ politics, adding: ‘Look, our neighbors, we got a number of Republicans who are neighbors but we also have a lot of Democrats, folks on our streets who put up Beto signs, which I thought was a little rude. 

‘But, y’know, I didn’t hold a victory party in their front yard when I won. 

‘Here’s a suggestion: Just don’t be a**holes. Yeah, like, just, you know, treat each other as human being, have some degree, some modicum of respect.’    

Cruz – a two term Senator who was re-elected in 2013 – had not stayed behind to help alleviate the crisis in Texas which left dozens dead. The trip and his attempts to defend it have been a PR disaster for the Senator.

He forced to fly back the next day amid outcry over the trip, and defended it by saying he was just being a ‘good dad’ and appeasing his ‘girls’, who’d asked if they could jet somewhere warm while Texas froze.

Ted Cruz has called his neighbors ‘a**holes’ and said his wife Heidi is ‘p*ssed’ that her group texts about their Cancun trip were leaked. Cruz carries his luggage at the Cancun International Airport before boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico February 18

Heidi Cruz wife of Texas Senator Ted Cruz arrives back in Houston from Cancun

Heidi Cruz wife of Texas Senator Ted Cruz arrives back in Houston from Cancun

Text messages obtained by The New York Times show how Heidi, 48, encouraged other mothers on the street they live on to join them on the heavily criticized jaunt in a group chat called 'Lovelies'

The text messages sent by Heidi

Text messages show how Heidi, 48, encouraged other mothers on the street they live on to join them on the heavily criticized jaunt in a group chat called ‘Lovelies’

Later in the podcast he also referenced a joke that he looks like the Zodiac Killer, a serial killer in California in the late 1960s. He added: ‘I haven’t had this much negative press coverage since Northern California in the 1960s.’ 

Text messages show Heidi wrote: ‘Anyone can or want to leave for the week? We may go to Cancun there is a direct flight at 445pm and hotels w capacity. Seriously. Covid test to come back which we will take there.’

Another mother responded: ‘We are now thinking along those lines. Sounds so wonderful.’ Another said: We are supposed to go to Cabo Friday.’

Heidi then booked the family’s flights and informed the group and told them where they planned to stay: ‘Ritz Carlton. $309 plus tax.’ 

Text messages show Heidi booked the family's flights and informed the group and told them where they planned to stay: 'Ritz Carlton. $309 plus tax.' The Ritz Carlton Hotel is pictured

Text messages show Heidi booked the family’s flights and informed the group and told them where they planned to stay: ‘Ritz Carlton. $309 plus tax.’ The Ritz Carlton Hotel is pictured

REVEALED: Texas AG Ken Paxton and his state lawmaker wife left state during historic blackouts for meetings in Utah about Google antitrust suit

Texas AG Ken Paxton and his wife Angela are seen at Trump's infamous January 6 rally in Washington DC. The couple were in Utah last week during the historic blackout

Texas AG Ken Paxton and his wife Angela are seen at Trump’s infamous January 6 rally in Washington DC. The couple were in Utah last week during the historic blackout

As Texas was reeling from last week’s historic freeze, the state’s attorney general and his wife, a state lawmaker, were in Utah for previously scheduled meetings about an antitrust suit against Google, a spokesman said Monday.

Republican Ken Paxton’s trip was not previously known publicly, and he made no mention of being out of state while lashing out at Texas’ grid operators on Twitter and urging residents to report price gouging.

Paxton was in Salt Lake City with his wife, state Senator Angela Paxton, for meetings with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes last Wednesday and Friday, but it was not clear when he left or whether he had returned, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement that the attorney general ‘did not leave Texas until after power had returned to most of the state, including his own home.’  

Ric Cantrell, a spokesman for Reyes, said Paxton was in Utah last Wednesday – when by nightfall nearly 2 million people were still without power in Texas, and millions more either had no water or were under boil-water notices.

Prior said Paxton and Reyes met to discuss an antitrust lawsuit against Google and attend a demonstration of a law enforcement simulation. 

Prior is a spokesman for Paxton’s campaign; the Texas attorney general´s office did not respond to questions about the trip.

It’s unclear whether the attorney general has returned to Texas.

Word of the trip gave Paxton’s critics another line of attack after months of scrutiny over his former aides reporting him to the FBI over accusations of bribery. 

He is also still awaiting trial over a 2015 indictment on felony securities fraud charges.

‘He continues in a long line of Texas Republicans that have utterly failed Texans when we need it the most,’ Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said. 

One of the other mothers replied: ‘Cancun Cabo even Boston sounds amazing!!! I would live (sic) to go but not freezing under the down comforter with hot chilies and a hoodie and sadly I can’t leave [redacted] or my mother in law.’

Heidi, a managing director in Goldman Sachs’ Houston office, also asked their friends: ‘Are you guys warm enough? We have a fireplace! Let us know. Our house is FREEZING tho… we couldn’t stand it anymore.’

Their daughters were never referenced in the exchange.

Hours later, the Cruzes were at the airport. 

They left behind their dog – Snowflake – which was spotted by a reporter staring forlornly out of the front door on Thursday, before the Senator arrived back home. 

Cruz had said he was dropping his daughters off, and that he was returning to Texas to battle the energy crisis. But he carried a large carry-on which suggested he planned to stay for longer than just one night. 

He later admitted he intended to stay ‘throughout the weekend’. 

Before flying on Wednesday, Cruz also requested a police escort through Houston airport, before his flight to Cancun at around 4pm.

He was pictured at the United Airlines lounge, at the gate and on the plane before take-off. 

He was also on the standby list for an upgrade to business class but didn’t get it. His wife Heidi’s name wasn’t on the list for an upgrade. 

After planning the trip apparently at the last minute, Cruz also invited his David Panton, his roommate from Princeton and Harvard Law, who lives in Atlanta and works in private equity.

Panton accepted and flew to Cancun, where he also got a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Axios has revealed. It’s unclear when he flew back. 

Panton grew up in Jamaica before attending college in the US. He and Cruz graduated from Princeton in 1992 and from Harvard Law in 1995.

Since returning last Thursday, Cruz has been working overtime to mend his image and tackle the ongoing crisis in Texas.

Over the weekend, he served barbecue to first responders in Houston to ‘thank them’ for their work. 

Late on Saturday night Cruz posted a series of pictures of himself on Twitter showing him delivering water to those in need together with the hashtag #TexasStrong. 

Protesters at Houston airport held out signs as he landed on Thursday that read: ’24 dead’.

Others gathered outside his home to show their anger at his jaunt. They yelled: ‘Resign!’ as he spoke to local media outside his home.  

On Sunday, a mariachi band descended on Cruz ‘s house to troll him and his family over their ill-fated trip to Cancun during the Texas energy crisis.

The band joined protesters outside the Cruz’s home in Houston and played cheerfully on the sidewalk. It’s unclear who hired them.

The Senator was not home at the time.  

Since returning last Thursday, Cruz has been working overtime to mend his image and tackle the ongoing crisis in Texas. Over the weekend, he served barbecue to first responders in Houston to 'thank them' for their work

Since returning last Thursday, Cruz has been working overtime to mend his image and tackle the ongoing crisis in Texas. Over the weekend, he served barbecue to first responders in Houston to ‘thank them’ for their work

Late on Saturday night Cruz posted a series of pictures of himself on Twitter showing him delivering water to those in need together with the hashtag #TexasStrong.

Late on Saturday night Cruz posted a series of pictures of himself on Twitter showing him delivering water to those in need together with the hashtag #TexasStrong.

The power and water shortage in Texas was caused when Winter Storm Uri blew through the state, driving up the sudden demand for energy.

Texas – which operates on his own electrical grid unlike the rest of the US – wasn’t prepared for it.

Suddenly, everyone in the state needed more energy than ever and there wasn’t enough of it in reserve. The cold weather also closed down power plants which hadn’t been renovated to withstand the frigid temperatures, despite a similar storm in 2011 causing the same problems.

Now, there are serious questions over why those power plants weren’t ready for it.

ERCOT – the agency in charge of the distribution of all the energy in the state – initiated rolling blackouts to try to save what was left of the system.

Protesters at Houston airport held out signs as he landed on Thursday that read: '24 dead'. Others gathered outside his home to show their anger at his jaunt. They yelled: 'Resign!' as he spoke to local media outside his home

Protesters at Houston airport held out signs as he landed on Thursday that read: ’24 dead’. Others gathered outside his home to show their anger at his jaunt. They yelled: ‘Resign!’ as he spoke to local media outside his home

Cruz - a two term Senator who was re-elected in 2013 - had not stayed behind to help alleviate the crisis in Texas which left dozens dead. The trip and his attempts to defend it have been a PR disaster for the Senator. Protesters are pictured outside his home

Cruz – a two term Senator who was re-elected in 2013 – had not stayed behind to help alleviate the crisis in Texas which left dozens dead. The trip and his attempts to defend it have been a PR disaster for the Senator. Protesters are pictured outside his home 

They switched off power to huge swathes of the state to try to conserve the system, but it meant millions had no heat, water or electricity during historically cold temperatures.

Some, including 11-year-old Cristian Pavon Pineda, froze to death.

Others died trying to keep warm, including a grandmother and three kids, who were killed by a fire they’d started.    

Beto O’Rourke was among those who criticized Cruz.

‘Cruz seems to believe there isn’t much for him to do in Texas for the millions of fellow Texans who remain without electricity/water and are literally freezing,’ he tweeted on Wednesday night. 


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