Friday, July 17, 2020

Federal judge rules GOP can hold in-person convention in Houston

A Houston federal judge ruled on Friday afternoon that the Texas GOP can have their in-person convention.

Judge Lynn Hughes ruled that the Texas Republican Party can hold their convention this weekend or next weekend.

The order overturned Mayor Sylvester Turner's cancellation of the contract between the city's GRB convention center and the GOP.
The decision comes as people posted on social media about protesting the cancellation of the convention on Friday evening.

After Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced last week that the city had canceled its contract with the GOP convention, which was scheduled at the GRB on July 16, Texas Republicans decided to hold a virtual convention. The GOP had lost all legal appeals until today's ruling by a federal judge.

Judge Lynn Hughes of the Southern District of Texas found that the city had infringed upon the Texas GOP’s constitutional rights by canceling the convention, which initially was set to run from Thursday through Saturday before Turner ordered Houston First to nix it. Hughes gave the party the option of using the convention center this weekend and next, according to Jared Woodfill, an attorney for Houston conservative activist Steve Hotze, who initially filed the lawsuit with a handful of other plaintiffs.

Mayor Turner's Statement on Federal Judge's Ruling to Allow statewide GOP to Hold In-Person Convention; "We are in the midst of a pandemic, a public health crisis. More people are being admitted to our hospitals and ICUs, and more people are dying. "The State Republican Executive Committee is being totally irresponsible in continuing to push for an indoor, in-person convention. This reflects a total disregard for the health and safety of employees and people in our city. "After denying the Republican Party's request for a temporary restraining order, the federal judge late Friday evening apparently has changed his mind. Upon receiving a written order from the federal judge, the City of Houston and Houston First will appeal."