A mariachi band assembled outside of the home of Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday evening after the senator’s trip to Cancun, Mexico was cut short.
The performance from the mariachi band, which was organized by Adam Jama, from Carrollton, Texas, explained on the fundraising page that the goal was to thank Cruz for his return to Texas in the aftermath of a major winter storm, The Independent reported.
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“Senator Cruz, being an amazing dad, dropped off his family in Cancun in the middle of a major crisis and came back to Texas to continue serving his constituents,” the page for the fundraiser reads. “We want to thank Senator Cruz for his leadership and pay for an amazing Mariachi band to perform for him. No one should go to Cancun and not listen to Mariachi.”
The page notes that all donations will go towards the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
Cruz was criticized after photos began circulating of him at the airport on the way to Cancun with his family while many Texans were dealing with the aftermath of a winter storm which left many without heat and power, and more than half of the state under a boiling water advisory. (RELATED: Sen. Ted Cruz Flew To Cancun With His Family Amid Winter Storm, Power Crisis In Texas)
The senator quickly apologized and issued a statement explaining that he “wanted to be a good dad” by taking his daughters to Cancun, Mexico, during their week off school.
Upon his return to Texas, Cruz said he felt the trip was a bad idea, and has taken part in community outreach to help Texans in need by serving barbecue to firefighters and law enforcement, in addition to passing out cases of water bottles, ABC13 reported.
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