The Republican State Executive Committee on Monday night voted for the convention to move to an online environment, hours after the Texas Supreme Court rejected the party’s appeal to organize the convention at the George R. Convention Center. Brown.
The decision ends a whirlwind of a few weeks during which the Texas Republican Party struggled to hold its convention in person, despite an increase in coronavirus cases in the state and a contingency plan to keep the convention online.
Texas is one of several states dealing with the increase in coronavirus cases, with Harris County, which encompasses Houston, and is the most populous county in Texas, leading the state in confirmed cases.
Texas Republicans hoped that the superior court “recognized the problem before it involved constitutionally protected rights arising from our contract with the Convention Center and confirmed that a contract cannot be violated for political purposes,” said President James Dickey in a statement.
“Houston First’s sole duty to allow the party to use the center for its convention is under the terms of the parties’ agreement, not a constitution,” the court wrote in its opinion, adding that it does not have the jurisdiction to compel the city. to keep the contract.
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The Harris County District Court also denied a court order request Monday to allow the party to hold their convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
During SREC’s meeting Monday, Texas Republican Party Attorney General Wade Emmert said his lawsuit, however, will proceed to seek damages from Houston First.
“Texas Republicans are finally forced to do what they should have made the decision to do months ago,” Texas Democratic Party President Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “It is horrible that they were willing to risk Texas lives to hold this convention in person until a Democratic mayor and court order intervened and saved them from themselves.”
On Saturday, Texas reported its highest number of new positive Covid-19 cases with 10,351 new cases reported, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
CNN’s Caroline Kelly, Devan Cole, Paul LeBlanc and Kay Jones contributed to this report.