A 2nd Texas GOP Lawmaker Fled the State For Sunnier Weather This Week
When Ted Cruz was being mocked for his trip to Cancun this week, Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro stepped in to defend him. What good could Cruz do on the ground in Texas during a natural disaster Shapiro asked.
Of course, the idea of Cruz being around was to show leadership. But leadership seems to be in short supply in the Texas GOP. It has now been revealed that a second Republican in the state took off for sunnier weather during the crisis.
The Houston Chronicle reports:
“State Rep. Gary Gates is under fire from his constituents for leaving House District 28 on Wednesday as much of Fort Bend County struggled without water and power. After losing power Tuesday, Gates left his home via his private jet Wednesday night and traveled to Orlando, Fla., sparking outrage among many who believe the freshman lawmaker should have remained in his district.”
Gates is attempting to do damage control by claiming that it was a business trip. Stefan Modrich, a reporter from the Fort Bend Star tweeted, “I spoke to Gary Gates chief of staff today. Gates, owner of Gatesco Inc, a property manager of several apartment buildings in Houston, was on a business trip and meeting with a ‘major vendor’ in Orlando and is returning tomorrow.”
Modrich issued a second tweet that read, “Correcting the record: Craig Murphy is the president of Murphy Nasica Associates and is a political consultant for Gates who reached out to me on Gates’ behalf.”