To be an astute politician – one with any lasting power, anyway – it pays to be good about your optics. After all, first impressions are made every day in Washington DC, and a bitter blunder could send you to the forefront of the national conversation in a heartbeat.
And, for those weary and tired politicians who’ve been through the ringer already, there is an always-prevalent concern about just how much bad behavior you’re piling onto your legacy.
Ted Cruz, while held in high esteem among a moderate chunk of Republicans, may have just sunk his ship.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz traveled to Mexico on Wednesday for a family vacation as his home state struggled with a powerful winter storm that left many residents without power or safe drinking water.
The high-profile Republican lawmaker went for a long-planned trip to Cancun and was expected to return almost immediately, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations.
Spokespersons for Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment Wednesday night or Thursday.
Cruz had already been embroiled in a bitter battle within the Republican Party, as the MAGA Movement continues to hold sway over the organization, consistently wrestling the reins away from the GOP old guard.
The Texas Senator has long seemed to err on the side of the Trump-aligned contingent more often than not.