Wow. The Houston mayor made good on his promises to shut down the GOP convention because of the coronavirus spike in Texas.
🚨 I have asked Houston First to cancel the Texas GOP convention. At 3pm, Houston First sent a letter to the GOP that they are canceling the event. 🚨
— Houston Mayor’s Office (@houmayor) July 8, 2020
More from Newsweek:
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has reportedly canceled the convention of the Texas Republican Party scheduled to take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston from July 16 to 18.
Turner had previously asked the state GOP to cancel its convention amid rising COVID-19 case numbers. As of July 8, Harris County, which contains Houston, is reporting more cases and deaths than any other Texas county. It has a total of 39,311 confirmed cases and 407 related deaths.
The state Republicans had planned on hosting over 6,000 people at the convention. Convention organizers pledged to conduct temperature checks at entrances, conduct thorough deep cleanings of public spaces, maintain social distancing and offer free face masks and hand sanitizer stations throughout the convention.
Well that is going to be controversial. It’s just a week away!! I imagine there will be lawsuits and accusations and histrionic recriminations. Which is what we love about politics, right? Right.