Houston mayor warns Texas GOP convention could be shut by local officials

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned the Texas Republican Party on Monday that its convention could be shuttered by health officials if coronavirus guidelines are not followed.

The Democratic mayor said the event scheduled to go ahead at the George R. Brown Convention Center later this month should be held virtually, as he urged the state GOP executive to reconsider their plans for an in-person convention.

Houston’s Health Authority Dr. David Persse also warned that the convention would be a “super spreader” event and called on Republicans to make the “wise” decision to hold the event online…

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Turner said: “We’re sending a letter to the executive director of the Republican Party of Texas to strongly encourage the GOP to cancel its in-person convention scheduled to take place on July 16 at the George R. Brown Center.