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Mayoral candidate, attorney among Texans who joined in US Capitol siege and posted on social media

Participants included a former mayoral candidate, a real estate agent and a laywer

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Although pro-democracy and human rights activists around the globe were stunned to see a mob storm the Capitol, they say they were heartened and inspired because the system ultimately prevailed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Texans who were involved in Wednesday’s siege upon on the U.S. Capitol were not shy about it on their own social media accounts.

As the FBI continues to investigate the deadly siege, which resulted in the death of five people, Texans who were part of the crowd are facing heat from their hometowns.

Texans among the mob who stormed the Capitol included a former mayoral candidate, a real estate agent, a lawyer and a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy.

“We just stormed the Capital (sic). It was one of the best days of my life,” said Jenna Ryan, a Frisco real estate agent.

Ryan flew to Washington DC Tuesday in a private jet, her Twitter showed. She posed with broken windows at the Capitol building and cheered on protestors who destroyed reporters’ equipment.

The mayor of Midland was “saddened” to learn that Jenny Cudd, a former mayoral candidate, was among the protestors, he said during a press conference.

Videos Cudd posted on her own Facebook have gone viral.

“We did break down Nancy Pelosi’s office door, and somebody stole her gavel and took a picture sitting in the chair flipping off the camera and that was on Fox News,” Cudd said.

Cudd said she and the other “patriots” decided to storm the Capitol when Vice President Mike Pence “betrayed” them by refusing to unilaterally reject the electoral college count.

Cudd later denied doing anything unlawful in an interview with the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

Some Republican lawmakers have called for Cudd to be arrested.

Goosehead Insurance fired their associate general counsel, Texas lawyer Paul Davis after he posted videos of the rioting on his Instagram.

Davis said they were there to demand an audit.

“We’re all trying to get into the Capitol to stop this and this is what’s happened. They’re tear-gassing us. This is not acceptable, people are not going to stand for this,” Davis said.

A lieutenant with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is under investigation after she posted photos of the incident on her Facebook. Lt. Roxanne Mathai was already on administrative leave for an unrelated investigation into alleged misconduct when she traveled to Washington DC.

Several photos were posted on her Facebook page behind security settings, meaning only certain people connected to Mathai were able to view them, but the photos were obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.

“Not gonna lie.....aside from my kids, this was, indeed, the best day of my life. And it’s not over yet,” wrote Mathai alongside another series of photos.

A 35-second video of Mathai obtained by the Defenders, that she appeared to record herself, shows her walking up to the steps of the Capitol and saying, “We’re going in. Tear gas and all. Tear gas don’t bother me.”

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon that his staff had forwarded the images to law enforcement in Washington, D.C., as well as the FBI.

Salazar said he intends to fire her after an internal investigation.

“My intent is that she never set foot in this building again,” said Salazar.


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