Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) was met with a wave of fury Thursday on his return to Houston from Cancun, Mexico, as critics questioned his decision to travel to the vacation hotspot while millions of Texas residents were without power and safe drinking water amid freezing temperatures that have left dozens dead.
Michael Hardy, a reporter for New York Magazine, decided to investigate the claims that Cruz’s family home did not have power.
In text messages reviewed by The New York Times, the senator’s wife Heidi said the house was “FREEZING.” Ted Cruz noted that, like millions of other Texans, “our family lost heat and water.”
“Cynics immediately cast doubt on this claim, so this afternoon I decided to check out the senator’s power situation for myself,” Hardy writes. “Supplied with Cruz’s address by a knowledgeable friend, I drove the fifteen minutes from my Houston apartment to the uber-rich River Oaks neighborhood where Cruz lives.”
“From the street, Cruz’s white, Colonial Revival-style mansion looked dark and uninhabited. A neighbor informed me that the block had indeed lost power before finally getting it back late Wednesday night. A glance at the lighted lanterns flanking the doorways of other homes on the block confirmed this. The senator’s story appeared to check out. But then I heard barking and noticed a small, white dog looking out the bottom right pane of glass in the senator’s front door. Had Cruz left his dog behind?” the outlet reports.
“As I approached to knock, a man stepped out of the Suburban parked in Cruz’s driveway. “Is this Senator Cruz’s house?” I asked. He said it was, that Cruz wasn’t home, and identified himself as a security guard. When asked who was taking care of the dog, the guard volunteered that he was. Reassured of the dog’s well-being, I returned to my car,” Hardy added.