AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas was reeling from final week’s historic freeze, the state’s lawyer common was in Utah for beforehand scheduled conferences, a spokesman stated Monday.
Republican Ken Paxton’s journey was not beforehand identified publicly, and he made no point out of being out of state whereas lashing out at Texas’ grid operators on Twitter and urging residents to report value gouging.
It stays unclear when Paxton left. Spokesman Ian Prior stated in an announcement that the lawyer common “didn’t go away Texas till after energy had returned to many of the state, together with his own residence.” He stated the aim of the journey, which was first reported by The Dallas Morning Information, was conferences with Utah Lawyer Normal Sean Reyes.
Ric Cantrell, a spokesman for Reyes, stated Paxton was in Utah final Wednesday — when by dusk practically 2 million folks had been nonetheless with out energy in Texas, and tens of millions extra both had no water or had been underneath boil-water notices.
It’s the second time that one in all Texas’ high elected leaders was discovered to be out of state through the disaster, after Sen. Ted Cruz took a household trip to Mexico through the lethal winter storm.
Prior stated Paxton and Reyes met to debate an antitrust lawsuit towards Google and attend an indication of a legislation enforcement simulation. Prior is a spokesman for Paxton’s marketing campaign; the Texas lawyer common’s workplace didn’t reply to questions in regards to the journey.
It is unclear whether or not the lawyer common has returned to Texas.
Phrase of the journey gave Paxton’s critics one other line of assault after months of scrutiny over his former aides reporting him to the FBI over accusations of bribery. He’s additionally nonetheless awaiting trial over a 2015 indictment on felony securities fraud expenses.
“He continues in an extended line of Texas Republicans which have totally failed Texans once we want it probably the most,” Texas Democratic Celebration chairman Gilberto Hinojosa stated.