Feb 23, 2021
Ted Cruz says wife Heidi is pretty pissed about Cancun text message leak
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Sen. Ted Cruz said his wife, Heidi Cruz, is upset over leaked text messages regarding their recent Mexican vacation.
On Tuesday, the senator said he and his family faced heavy criticism after they decided to take a warm vacation while Texas residents suffered frigid temperatures and power outages, per People.
“Here’s a suggestion: just don’t be a——-,” said Cruz in regards to who leaked the messages. “Like, just, you know, treat each other as human beings have some degree, some modicum of respect.”
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“I will say Heidi’s pretty pissed at that,” said Cruz, 50, in regards to his wife, 48, on Ruthless, a political podcast.
The messages from a neighborhood group chat were initially obtained by a local Texas outlet and proved that the trip was a family affair to escape “FREEZING” temperatures. When Cruz returned home, he admitted the trip was a mistake.
“Whether the decision to go was tone-deaf — look, it was obviously a mistake,” he said to reporters. “In hindsight, I wouldn’t’ve done it.”INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MAY 03: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announces the suspension of his campaign as wife Heidi Cruz looks on during an election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station on May 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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As previously reported by theGrio, Cruz received backlash from Hillary Clinton for apparently leaving his dog behind while they were on vacation.
Without explicitly naming Cruz, Clinton tweeted, “Don’t vote for anyone you wouldn’t trust with your dog.” Her statement follows reports that the senator left his poodle behind in the bitter cold as he fled the state for some fun in the sun.
Dont vote for anyone you wouldnt trust with your dog.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 19, 2021
Reporter Michael Hardy snapped a photo from outside Cruz’s Houston home, in which the family dog Snowflake can be seen looking through a glass door. After the image went viral, Hardy said a security guard was at the home caring for the pooch, per The Hill.
Cruz swiftly returned to Texas after intense backlash. Hardy noted that the power in the Republican senator’s home was out when his family left for Mexico but came back on while Cruz was gone.
“Snowflake was in the cold for part of a day, but it could well have been longer,” Hardy tweeted.
Keep in mind that Ted has admitted he planned to stay in Cancun until Saturday. The power could well have been off all that time. Getting away from the cold was why they went to Mexico in first place— Michael Hardy (@mkerrhardy) February 19, 2021
Cruz released a statement amid the uproar, explaining that the trip to Cancun was only meant to accompany his young daughters.
“With schools cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” the statement read.
Upon arriving back in Texas on Thursday, Cruz critics have been calling on him to resign.
Meanwhile, one pet lover has launched the Twitter account, @TedCruzPoodle, and the bio reads, “Hi! I’m Ted Cruz’s poodle, Snowflake, living my best life while Texas freezes over & my a-hole dad is in Cancun. #Justice4Snowflake #TedFled.”
Stephanie Guerilus and Biba Adams contributed to this report
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Md. expands texting outreach to get Prince Georges Co. residents booked for vaccine appointments
Maryland is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine outreach to allow residents in Prince George’s County to book an appointment through text messaging.
Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said eligible residents will be contacted to book an appointment at the Six Flags America mass vaccination site in Bowie.
The state is also setting aside at least 500 appointments just for county residents to ensure equity. During beta testing, the state reached out to a subset of county residents on a preregistration list and contacted each by text.
All 300 available slots were filled this past Sunday.
A resident will be contacted up to three times over several days until an appointment is taken.
Hogan’s office said the state found an increased response rate as high as 96% with each text per individual.
The process also takes between 1 to 3 minutes for a texting recipient to register via SMS.
The texting outreach method comes after the state first launched its outbound phone calling pilot program in late January.
Residents are still allowed to register online if they choose, or by phone.
The COVID-19 Vaccination Support Center, which is open seven days a week, can be reached at 855-MD-GO-VAX (855-634-6829) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Ken Duffy is a reporter and anchor at WTOP with more than 20 years of experience. He has reported from major events like the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, 2016 Election Night at Trump Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan and the 2007 Super Bowl in Miami.