A group of more than two dozen Galveston residents said they were barred from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s Houston office building on Tuesday after trying to meet with his staff to protest some of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks.
Christy C. Callahan, a Galveston resident and an organizer for Pantsuit Nation-Indivisible Galveston, said a group of 28 local people went to Cruz’s office as part of a larger rally.
The group tried to enter Cruz’s office on Travis Street in Houston, but only four people were allowed in before the rest were turned away and escorted back to outside the building by a Houston police officer.
The group members wanted to express their objections about Trump’s nomination of Tom Price as the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, Callahan said.
“We wanted to speak to staff members to express our concerns about Tom Price’s involvement with the Department of Health and Human Services and the changes he would make and the way they would impact individuals,” Callahan said.
Tuesday was the first planned event for the Pantsuit Nation-Indivisible Galveston group, the local chapter of a national network of liberal “resistance” groups aiming to oppose the president, Callahan said.
Phil Novack, Cruz’s press secretary, said the staffers in the Houston office tried to accommodate the group that walked in but that their arrival also conflicted with a previously planned staff retreat.
“Any constituent that makes an appointment with our office, we are always happy to sit down with,” Novack said. Cruz was in Washington Tuesday.
Callahan said group members planned to make weekly trips to Houston to present their views to Cruz and his staff. “Not everyone was given their opportunity to speak,” she said.
A Houston Police Department spokesman confirmed that a rally did take place outside of Cruz’s office and the department did have a presence there. The rally dispersed about 2 p.m. No arrests were made.