The Texas Republican Party’s request to hold its convention in Houston after a contract was canceled by Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner to hold it in the city, has been denied by a county court judge, according to the party.
The party said in a statement on Thursday night that their request was denied to block the city from restricting the convention on the sole grounds of limiting the risk caused by the deadly coronavirus by the Harris County District Judge Larry Weiman.
Owing to the fact that the Convention was scheduled to begin its meetings related to their committees on Monday at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the party has now directly appealed to the Texas Supreme Court, considering the time-sensitivity of the matter in proceeding towards filing the appeal.
The party has called upon a meeting on Saturday of the State Republican Executive Committee to discuss important issues such as finalizing location matters based on the outcomes of the case, according to a statement made by the party.
The party has already asked a judge to force the convention center to comply with the contract as the convention venue’s operator and Turner, have already been sued by the party for breach of contract, according to an earlier news release.
The party made a statement on Thursday, stating that they wish to begin and continue with their vital work in the electoral process for which they need to open up the George R. Brown Convention Center Monday morning and is hoping that this objective is heard by the courts and ruled in their favor in time to safely begin with other services.
Turner was first seeking help from the city’s legal department in order to review the contract between the convention venue’s operator and the State Republican Executive Committee on Wednesday and had officially instructed Houston First Corporation to cancel this contract later that Wednesday.