Cruz takes hits at home for leaving during crisis

AUSTIN, Texas – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is taking hits at home for flying to Cancun, Mexico, while millions of Texans are stranded in freezing temperatures without power or running water.

Pictures of Cruz at a Houston airport on the way to a vacation with his family went viral on Thursday and drew outrage from critics who said he should be on the ground doing everything in his power to address the humanitarian crisis in Texas.

Cruz will not face voters again until 2024. But the Cancun episode, which follows his efforts to challenge the Electoral College vote count ahead of the Jan. 6 riots, is a further drag on a polarizing politician who has presidential ambitions.