SENATOR Ted Cruz’s family soaked up the sun in balmy Cancun on Friday after he flew back to freezing Texas amid backlash from constituents over his escape to paradise.
The Cruz family, in swimsuits, enjoyed the beach and lounged on umbrella-covered chairs in Mexico a day after the Republican senator returned to the winter storm-stricken state.
Heidi Cruz wore a red bikini on the beach in Mexico[/caption]
Heidi Cruz and the family enjoyed Cancun while Ted Cruz returned to freezing Texas[/caption]
Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, wearing a red bikini, walked on the sand and got in the water, photographs show.
Heidi Cruz, who has two daughter ages 10 and 12, was joined on the beach by several children.
The Cruz family, minus the senator, continued to enjoy their stay in Cancun at the Ritz Carlton, where rooms were more than $300 per night.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz was back at his home in Houston since Thursday afternoon, when he admitted that the getaway was “obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it.”
Heidi Cruz sent text messages to friends stating that their home was ‘FREEZING’[/caption]
Heidi Cruz enjoyed the balmy weather in Cancun[/caption]
Earlier on Thursday, text messages revealed that Heidi Cruz, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, planned the trip to flee the Texas deep freeze.
“Are you guys warm enough? We have a fireplace! Let us know. Our house is FREEZING tho… we couldn’t stand it anymore,” she wrote in a group text with friends.
“Anyone can or want to leave for the week? We may go to Cancun.”
Heid Cruz added that there was a “direct flight” and that Cancun had “hotels w capacity. Seriously.”
Ted Cruz initially said he went to Mexico to take his daughters and ‘be a good dad’[/caption]
A winter storm in Texas caused power outages and at least 58 deaths[/caption]
She wrote that they could depart on Wednesday afternoon and return on Sunday, and stay oceanfront at the Ritz Carlton where rooms were $309 per night.
By Wednesday night, photos circulated Twitter showing a man who looked like Ted Cruz on a flight to Cancun.
The senator initially claimed he flew to Mexico to chaperone his daughters.
The Cruz’s stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun[/caption]
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” he said at the time.
“Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
But upon arriving home on Thursday, the senator admitted that he made a bad call in traveling while the state faced an energy crisis.
Ted Cruz said he made a ‘mistake’ in going to Cancun with his family[/caption]
At least 58 people have died of hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and other complications, and many Texans who turned up the heat saw their electricity bills shoot up to thousands of dollars for the month.
“I was trying to be a dad and all of us have made decisions,” Ted Cruz told reporters outside his home.
“When you’ve got two girls who have been cold for two days, and haven’t had heat or power, and they are saying: ‘Look, we don’t have school, why don’t we go, let’s get out of here.’’
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Ted Cruz reiterated, “I was trying to take care of my kids” and that, “it’s unfortunate, the fire storm that came from it.”
The senator was also slammed for leaving his pet poodle, Snowflake, at home.
But as the photographs showed, Ted Cruz’s troubles did not stop his family from savoring their vacation.