Texas Lawyer Common Ken Paxton left for Utah throughout winter storm, energy outages
AUSTIN (KXAN) – After a firestorm of criticism of Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s trip to Cancun during the state’s winter storm, Cruz now appears to be not the only Texas lawmaker to leave the state.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton traveled to Utah to meet with his counterpart Sean Reyes and attend a police training program demonstration, a Paxton representative told the Dallas Outlet, according to a report by Dallas Morning News Monday.
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Meanwhile, the Utah Attorney General said Paxton and Reyes met last Wednesday to discuss a recent antitrust lawsuit against Google.
While a representative from Paxton said the AG house had lost power, the representative said Paxton did not leave until power was restored to most Texans. From Wednesday last Wednesday via 3.3. Millions of Texas customers were without power.
While Cruz was leaving Texas to reach the beach in Mexico, Texas AG’s Ken Paxton flew to Utah on a trip unrelated to the storm.
They don’t believe in governance and couldn’t care less about the people they are supposed to represent. https://t.co/0fg6jwqSeY
– Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) February 22, 2021
The Paxton campaign did not confirm when the AG was leaving for Utah, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Following the Cruz trip, increased attention is now being paid to senior Texan lawmakers and their whereabouts during the storms. Texas Senator John Cornyn was trending on social media over the weekend as many suspected the Republican left the state during the storms too.
“WheresCornyn?” and “WheresJohnCornyn” were both trending nationally as there were numerous theories about his absence from public appearances during the crisis. On Sunday, a Cornyn press rep denied rumors that the Senator had visited Cabo San Lucas during the storms. The representative said, “No, he’s not and never went to Cabo.”