Texas state Rep. Gary Gates went to Florida as winter storm crippled district

Texas state Rep. Gary Gates went to Florida as winter storm crippled district


Another Texas pol skipped town while the state was crippled by severe winter weather, it emerged this week.

Republican State Rep. Gary Gates is under fire after he flew his private jet to Orlando, Florida, Wednesday as his constituents in Fort Bend County struggled without water and power, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“It really would have been nice to have a state representative helping on the ground, working at a warming center, packing food, etc. rather than immediately (flying) off on a private plane when the going got tough,” Brian Walz, one of Gates’ constituents, told the paper. “My neighbors didn’t get to do that when her pipe burst.”

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Gates claimed the pipes burst in his home, too, and 30 percent of his home was flooded, insisting to the outlet that the jaunt was made necessary because of his sick wife and special needs daughter.

“My wife is still recovering from an illness she has been battling for two

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