Another Texas pole town was abandoned, while the state was crippled by severe winter weather, it emerged this week.
Republican State Rep. A fire broke out on Wednesday after Gary Gates flew his private jet to Orlando, Florida, as his constituents in Fort Bend County struggled without water and electricity, The Houston Chronicle reported.
“It would be really nice to have a state representative helping on the ground, working in a warming center, packing food, etc., rather than getting (flying) on a private plane when the flight is difficult,” Brian Walz, a Gates component, told the paper. “My neighbors couldn’t do it when his pipe burst.”
Gates claimed that a pipe burst in his home too, and 30 percent of his house was swept away, insisting that jaundice became necessary because of his ailing wife and special-needs daughter.
“My wife is still recovering from an illness she has been battling for two weeks, and my adult daughter’s room, which is mentally handicapped and still lives with us, flooded,” Gates told the paper Told.
But Fort Bend Star reporter Stephen Modrich Said on twitter Gates’ chief of staff told him that the delegates were on a business trip to Florida with a key vendor.
Gates, who owns several apartment buildings in Houston, told the Chronicle that he had met a vendor while living in Florida, but that was only because he was already there.
He insisted that he was able to monitor the power outage crisis from Florida to Lonestar State.
The criticism follows the revelation that Sen. Ted Cruz flew with his family to Cancun, Mexico, while most of the state continued to thrive without problems with electricity and water.
He returned the following day after a chase for Skipping Town when the state was in crisis, and later admitted the trip was a mistake.