A GOP Chairman in Austin, Texas, who endeavors to criminalize homelessness in his city was caught asking Facebook followers to help him charter a jet to Miami, Florida, as many Texans are left freezing during the statewide power outages.
An Austin, Texas GOP Chairman asked his Facebook followers to split the cost of a charter plane to Miami in hopes o… https://t.co/AnhE1S4V6k— Ophelia Masquaroonie Morningwood (@Ophelia Masquaroonie Morningwood)1613566453.0
In addition to being the Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party, Matt Mackowiak is the co-founder of Save Austin Now PAC (political action committee) – a nonprofit organization that is trying to reinstate a citywide camping ban on the May ballot in an effort to "restore the city's "safety and beauty."
Since Tuesday, millions of Texans have been trying to stay warm after being without heat due to a severe winter storm.
Mackowiak himself tweeted he was without power since "2 am Monday."
250,000+ in Austin are currently without power, including me. We lost power at 2am Monday.— Matt Mackowiak (@Matt Mackowiak)1613486036.0
Here is a video of Mackowiak discussing Texas politics on two divisive issues.
It appeared his solution to stay warm was to flee on a chartered jet to the sunshine state—with financial assistance from online strangers.
The Chairman denied accusations of trying to skip town, but Austin Sanders from the Austin Chronicle had receipts in the form of a screenshot of Mackowiak's now-deleted Facebook solicitation.
Mackowiak's post read:
"If you want to go to Miami on private charter from Austin tomorrow, text me ASAP. Splitting up cost."
In a deleted tweet, Sanders posted a screenshot of the Chairman's post and wrote:
"omfg Matt Mackowiak, Travis County GOP chair and anti-homeless crusader, is trying to crowdsource funds to charter a private jet to Miami tomorrow morning."
"Shocked at the gall of this, because he has spent so much time and money trying to make the lives of unhoused people harder."
Sanders also commented on the irony of the organization, "Save Austin Now," being led by a co-founder who planned to ditch the city during a climate crisis.
This friggin guy founded a “non-profit” called Save Austin Now and the first thing he does when Austin enters a cr… https://t.co/rAaycmluky— Austin Sanders (@Austin Sanders)1613448149.0
Austinites like reporter Dewey Cooper also expressed their disappointment for the Chairman.
211,000 Austinites are without power. TravCo GOP chair is hitting a private plane for Miami. https://t.co/HNfMtUAMWJ— dewey🤠 (@dewey🤠)1613448828.0
Austin’s GOP stepping up to serve the community in its time of need https://t.co/jzZmLVMQPQ— Andrew Konove (@Andrew Konove)1613448375.0
@DudeCoolness @msdanifernandez Over the last 24 hrs a Texas mayor resigned for telling people it's their fault they… https://t.co/sM6XYkuzCF— Day One Glitch (@Day One Glitch)1613569154.0
Mackowiak included his phone number in the deleted Facebook post, but when it was reposted by Democratic Texas Representative Lloyd Doggett on his Facebook page, Mackowiak was overwhelmed with harassers dialing him up at night.
Doggett screenshot Mackowiak's post and in the caption compared the GOP member to the former U.S. President.
He wrote in the caption:
"For those who are cold tonight, know that the jet setters in your local Republican party leadership are working for you just like their cult leader at Mar-a-Lago."
Rep. Lloyd Doggett/Facebook
A flustered Mackowiak tweeted at Doggett, writing:
"Thanks for sharing my cell phone number on your Facebook page. It's been great getting threatening and harassing phone calls all night."
When the Daily Dot inquired as to what Mackowiak's original post was about, he claimed he was "only trying to help a client fill his plane."
Mackowiak added the flight never took off since airports remain closed due to the icy weather.