Inside the marriage of Washington power couple Ted and Heidi Cruz, who played Aladdin’s ‘A Whole New World’ at their wedding and spend most of their time in separate states

Ted and Heidi Cruz

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Sen. Ted Cruz is back in the spotlight after controversially flying to Cancún, Mexico while his home state of Texasis flattened by a dire winter weather storm that has caused freezing temperatures and days-long power outages across the state. 

Social media erupted on Wednesday night over photos that appeared to show Cruz, his wife, and his two daughters at Houston International Airport boarding a flight to the Mexican resort destination while the Senate is on recess and Texas is ravaged by the extreme weather. 

Cruz formally confirmed in a Thursday statement that he had flown to Mexico on Wednesday. He said he made the trip be a “good dad” and travel with his daughters, who wanted to go on a vacation while their school was canceled, but was traveling back to Texas on Thursday.  

Still, he received swift backlash from Democrats, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying, “If Sen. Cruz had resigned back in January after helping gin up a violent insurrection that killed several people, he could’ve taken his vacation in peace. Texans should continue to demand his resignation.”

Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz (née Nelson) is no stranger to the sacrifices, demands, and scrutiny that come with being a politician’s spouse in the public eye.

In 2018, Heidi sat down for her first interview since the 2016  election with journalist Elaina Plott, then of The Atlantic. She opened up about her journey forging an identity and a high-powered career at Goldman Sachs separate from that of her husband.

As her husband’s political career took off, Heidi became well-liked and respected among Republicans and even some Democrats for her work ethnic, discipline, and naturally warm and charming personality — helping Ted win over both voters and donors during his Senate and presidential campaigns.

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Here’s a look inside the marriage of political power couple Ted and Heidi Cruz:

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They met working on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign when Heidi was on break from Harvard Business School.

Source: The Atlantic

Their first date was at a bar in Austin in January 2001, where Heidi says he “asked me a lot of questions about my background, my goals in life, my 10-year plan, my 20-year plan.” They got married that May.

Source: The New York Times

Ted insisted they play “A Whole New World” from the popular Disney movie “Aladdin” at the end of their wedding ceremony despite Heidi’s objections that they hire a professional violinist.

Source: The Atlantic

“Because no one can do Aladdin,” she recalled Cruz responding to her protests. “She relented, and it became a theme of sorts,” Plott wrote.

Source: The Atlantic

“He’ll be like, ‘It’s such a great life! We have so much adventure ahead! It’s like our magic-carpet ride,'” Heidi said. “And sometimes I’m like, ‘I hope we don’t hit …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Life

      

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