Rioter wants OK to travel to Mexico’s spring break haven

Jessica Wong

A former mayoral candidate from Texas who is charged in the Capitol riot is seeking a judge’s permission to travel to a sun-soaked region of Mexico for a “bonding retreat” with employees of her flower shop. In a court motion filed Monday, Jenny Cudd’s lawyers said she had prepaid a […]

A former mayoral candidate from Texas who is charged in the Capitol riot is seeking a judge’s permission to travel to a sun-soaked region of Mexico for a “bonding retreat” with employees of her flower shop.

In a court motion filed Monday, Jenny Cudd’s lawyers said she had prepaid a weekend retreat for herself and her employees in Riviera Maya, Mexico, from Feb. 18 – 21.

“This is a work-related bonding retreat for employees and their spouses,” the motion states.

Pre-trial services and the federal prosecutor assigned to the case deferred to the judge to decide if Cudd should be allowed to soak in the sun for a weekend while awaiting trial on two misdemeanors connected to the riot.

The Riviera Maya region is home to popular spring break destinations such as Tulum and Playa del Carmen, and many of the hotels are offering free COVID-19 testing to woo American tourists, Fox News recently reported.

Cudd, of Midland, posted a 25-minute video on Facebook after the Jan. 9 insurrection, saying she and other Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol because Mike Pence “betrayed us.”

“We didn’t vandalize anything but we did, as I say that, we did break down Nancy Pelosi’s office door and someone stole her gavel and took a picture sitting in the chair flipping off the camera, and that was on Fox News.”

Jenny Cudd (left, holding phone) inside of the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
Jenny Cudd (left, holding phone) inside of the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
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“Patriots got down on the floor and sitting in the House members’ and the Senators’ chairs,” she added.

A judge granted Cudd pre-trial release pending her trial in Washington, D.C.

She’ll need approval by a federal magistrate to travel to Mexico.

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