Houston moves to cancel Texas GOP convention

HOUSTON (Talk1370.com) -- Houston officials are pulling the plug on the annual Texas GOP convention, which was scheduled for next week.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and city officials announced the move in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Houston First, which operates the George R. Brown Convention Center, sent a letter to Texas GOP officials to cancel their agreement.

"I am the mayor of every single person in this city, and if you're not willing to step up and do the right thing, I am not going to divorce my responsibility and my job. We closed down the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and this convention is no greater or better," Turner said.

"Houston is a hotspot right now in a global pandemic and we cannot have thousands of people gathering inside the GRB," Turner said.

The convention had been slated to be held from July 16 to July 18, and was expected to draw some 6,000 attendees.

As of Tuesday, Harris County had reported more than 37,776 total cases of COVID-19 and nearly 24,000 active cases, the highest in the state.

In a Facebook video aimed at delegates Wednesday night, party chairman James Dickey commented on the actions. "We will pursue all legal options possible against the City of Houston and Houston First to handle this disruption of our convention process and deal with its ramifications and impact on you, our delegates, and with our contracts with vendors, hotels, and sponsors," Dickey said, promising a further response to come after consulting with lawyers, vendors, and officials.