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Texas attorney general traveled to Utah during devastating winter storms

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, left Texas and traveled to Utah last week while the state was being rocked by severe winter storms.

(CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, left Texas and traveled to Utah last week while the state was being rocked by severe winter storms.

Paxton's campaign spokesperson, Ian Prior, would not tell CNN when the couple had departed or returned but said the attorney general "did not leave Texas until after power had returned to most of the state, including his own home. "

Paxton's trip makes him the second high-profile Republican to leave the state during the crisis, after Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted on a plane headed to Cancun, Mexico, last week while millions of Texans were left without power or water.

As Texas attorney general, Paxton is responsible for overseeing key aspects of the state's response to the devastating winter storm.

As a result, he's faced swift backlash from Democratic politicians in the state, including Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, who said in a statement, "Texas Republicans do not give a damn about the people they were elected to represent, and they continue to focus on issues that don't affect the lives of everyday Texans to gaslight them into thinking they are doing their jobs. "

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Texas native Julian Castro similarly tweeted that Paxton and Cruz "couldn't care less about the people they're supposed to represent. "

While state officials work to turn the lights back on for the Texas households still in the dark and to address widespread water disruptions, some residents are facing damage that could take weeks -- or months -- to recover from.

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