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.

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.

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Lisa Blair

It is stunning to know that a peaceful, quiet and respectful group of Senator Cruz's constituents would be threatened with removal by police for stopping by his office. I'm pretty sure he works for us. Don't worry Cruz, you can run but you can't hide!

Carlos Ponce

Ted Cruz is in Washington doing this job. Hiding? No. But keep it up. More more posts like yours, Ted will be re-elected by an even wider margin than before. Thank you Lisa.[beam]

Leon Lion

Maybe they had Madonna and Ashley Judd with them.[beam]

Doyle Beard


spin spin

Ana Draa

Staff retreat?!?? Looks like someone is running scared.

Doyle Beard

Spin spin

Debra Criss

Stunning indeed, looks like a clear attempt by Cruz to limit access to government.

Carlos Ponce

Really Debra ???????????
Cruz wasn't even there! Get real!
But keep it up. More more posts like yours, Ted will be re-elected by an even wider margin than before.

Doyle Beard

Sounds likes a bunch of cry babies wanting and expecting red carpet treatment.

Lisa Blair

No spin, Doyle. Plenty of video on YouTube. You can see for yourself.

George Croix

Says no appointment, but 4 were let in....
Is that so??

Slow news day.....

Debra Criss

Nothing slow news about a Senator trying to limit government access. Folks looking for access to government are far from cry babies whether you like it or not.

Doyle Beard

more spin

George Croix

How about simple good manners...
Naaaah..... gotcha is more fun... 🙃

Lisa Blair

Crybabies Rising!👊

Doyle Beard

Crybabies raising hell not being

Carlos Ponce

Their leaders had their say. Why listen to more of the same? Second verse, third verse, fourth verse, nth verse same as the first: HATE, HATE and MORE HATE!
Trump haters gotta hate.
And the beat goes on.

Carlos Ponce

Pantsuit Nation was such an effective group they elected Wendy Davis, governor of Texas and Hillary Clinton President of the United States and turned Texas Blue. Not on this planet!

Diane Turski

They certainly did "retreat"!!!

Carlos Ponce

Tom Price is an excellent candidate for Department of Health and Human Services. Will the protests cease after he is approved by the Senate? No. Instead of working with the new administration this group will continue to try to undermine Trump and his appointees. Such is the loyal opposition. That's the way its been for over 200 years. But keep it up. More rhetoric from this group will ensure Trump's re-election in 2020.[beam]

Kathy Modzelewski

Mr. Ponce, this is still a country (at least for now) where citizens have a right to voice their opinions about issues that affect their lives, no matter the party affiliation

"Why listen to more of the same? Second verse, third verse, fourth verse, nth verse same as the first: HATE, HATE and MORE HATE!
Trump haters gotta hate.
And the beat goes on."

It certainly didn't stop the Obama haters during the last 8 years. We endured many verses ourselves. Let's turn off the hate and try to get something accomplished in our legislatures.

Carlos Ponce

"And the beat goes on" has the same implication as the French saying, "C'est la Vie" Nothing new about criticizing the president whoever he is.
But repeating the same mantra over and over by different people will have an adverse effect on any cause. They will ensure both Cruz and Trump will be re-elected, which at the moment is a GOOD thing. So they should keep it up. The Pantsuit crowd mentioned think they represent all the people of Texas. They do not. They are a vocal minority.

Doyle Beard

I know a good place to start if one wants to turn off the hate.

Lisa Blair

More posts like yours? Carlos, what happens in this forum will have little or nothing to do with whether or not Trump is reelected. But the 3 million folks out marching in the street on Saturday? Now that's another story.

Carlos Ponce

You'd be surprised, Debra. I just heard from a man who lives along the Red River. He thanked me for all my posts.
And the 3 million who marched were so effective they ensured Hillary's victory, right? There's more than 3 million women in this country. Millions more women voted for Trump. Soros would not fund their trip to DC.

Debra Criss

Really Carlos? Cruz is responsible for his staff. They get their direction from him.
Have a nice day.

Carlos Ponce

That's nice Debra. You're doing a great job to see Ted Cruz is re-elected![beam]

Doyle Beard

Really Debra you are making a mountain out of a molehill.All the hate on street you erAmseem to support.
How about some support for civility.
A group of 28 demanding to let in. Give me a break. One can imagine what that would have been like.
People need to be civil and remember this is America. People deserve the right to be heard and need to use common sense

Ron Shelby

I would have been a little concerned if 28 people tried to hit my office all at once.

I would have instead made arrangements to see them in 2 or 3 at a time, while the others waited outside. Or made an agreement to send a staffer to Galveston to have a town hall style meeting at a public place like the County Courthouse.

But no. Letting 28 protesters into an office at once is not a good thing. Things could have definitely escalated and gotten out of hand. That is a safety risk for staffers.

Lisa Blair

Not protesters, constituents. From various groups, asking for meetings because Cruz's staff does not answer their phones or respond to email requests.They're not responding today either.

Lisa Blair

http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/32496/ted-cruz-locks-constituents-wont-make-appointments

Carlos Ponce

"Burnt Orange Report, or BOR for short, is the leading source for PROGRESSIVE coverage of political news and issues that matter in Texas. "
http://www.burntorangereport.com/about
Consider the source, very partisan.

Carlos Ponce

Here's the link to their video. From what I see and what they admit was that the lady in the office was very nice to them. And she offered to meet with small groups rather than the entire entourage. And the video shows a few at the meeting and the lady taking notes and being very attentive.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQbW7RAE1vg

Carlos Ponce

"While meeting with the four Texans, two police officers showed up and claimed that the building owner did not want the Cruz constituents in the hall outside the Senator’s office. Many of the people said they believed that their removal denied their constitutional rights. The police officers told them that given that the office is on private property, the owner had the right to deny them access to the building."
https://egbertowillies.com/2017/01/25/police-removed-ted-cruz-constituents/
So Ted Cruz office and staff did not ask the police to escort them out. The building's OWNER did.

David Shumate

Carlos, you're missing the point. Members of congress are supposed to be available to their constituents. Maybe not always in person, but one should be able to have one's concerns heard in some form (email, phone, meeting). Cruz's offices are not accepting phone calls (voicemail is full), not responding to email requests, and apparently now, not holding the office hours they claim to. The issue isn't that 28 people didn't get to go in at the same time. The issue is the office CLOSED after having spoken to only 4 people. The staffers left. That's not ok. If you have suggestions for these constituents on how their voices can be better heard, please let us know. Everyone deserves equal representation.
Christie

Carlos Ponce

What you're missing:
Cruz was not in his Houston office. His staff listened to four of the constituents, took notes. They reported she was very nice. Why only 4? This was not a public hearing and the staff member said she would entertain concerns from the others but only in small groups. Wise move.
The building OWNER asked the police to escort the others out.
Were all phone lines tied up or were they having phone problems? Or suppose they got a few nasty, belligerent phone calls.
To contact Senator Cruz:
https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=form&id=16

Willis Briggs

Gotcha politics in action.[whistling]

Lisa Blair

Gosh Carlos, you sat progressive like it's a bad thing. 😊

Carlos Ponce

You got It! [beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

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