REVEALED: Texas AG Ken Paxton and his lawmaker wife left state during historic blackouts for meetings in Utah about Google antitrust suit
- Paxton met with the Utah AG last Wednesday and Friday in Salt Lake City
- His spokesman said it was for previously scheduled meetings about Google case
- Paxton’s wife, state Senator Angela Paxton, joined him on the trip
- It follows controversy about Tex Cruz jetting to Mexico during historic freeze
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.’
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 part of the historic blackout
Paxton sent this tweet on Wednesday, the same day he had a meeting in Salt Lake City
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.
It is the second time that one of Texas’ top elected leaders was found to be out of state during the crisis, after Senator Ted Cruz took a family vacation to Mexico during the deadly winter storm.
Cruz faced heavy criticism for seeming to abandon his state during the crisis, and apologized after initially blaming his young daughters for insisting on the trip.
Prior said Paxton and Reyes met to discuss an antitrust lawsuit against Google and attend a demonstration of a law enforcement simulation.
Paxton met with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (above) last Wednesday and Friday, but it was not clear when he left or whether he had returned
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife Angela Paxton are seen in 2017
Ted Cruz says wife is ‘p***ed’ her group texts about their Cancun trip were leaked
Senator 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’.
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.’
‘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.’
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.
Meanwhile, Cruz faced heavy backlash for his pleasure jaunt to Cancun during the crisis.
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. He returned to Texas on Thursday, a day after leaving, after being lambasted for abandoning the state.
The Texas Senator flew to Mexico last Wednesday afternoon with his wife Heidi and their two daughters, aged 10 and 12, while millions in their home state struggled without power, heat and water.