McCall, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN’s State of the Union reporter, “Look, when the crisis strikes my state, I’m there. I’m not going on vacation.” Sunday.
“I know that Mr. Cruz called it a mistake and he is taking it, but I think that was a big mistake and for me, I was on the ground trying to help my people and the voters, and this is what we have to do in a time of crisis.”
McCall’s comments join a host of denunciations directed at Cruise since he was seen on a plane bound for Cancun while millions remained in his home state without electricity or water. Returning to Houston on Thursday afternoon, Cruz told reporters outside his home that it was a “clear mistake” and that “in hindsight I wouldn’t do that.”
As an elected federal official, Cruz does not play a field role in responding to the storm, but natural disasters are often a time when voters communicate with elected officials for assistance and access to resources.
Ocasio Cortez, a Democratic congressman from New York, launched a fundraising campaign, with her press secretary saying Sunday that she had raised nearly $ 5 million for storm-affected Texas. O’Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Cruise in the Senate in 2018, ran a virtual phone bank to contact elderly people in Texas, linking them to resources during the disaster.
McCall praised their work on Sunday, saying, “I think it’s great that they go beyond party lines to help Americans first, not just Republicans or Democrats.”
“And I think that’s how it really should be.”