Gov. Greg Abbott will be sponsoring the Republican Party of Texas Convention after all, following intense pressure from grassroots after it was reported that he would not be supporting the event.

Every election year, thousands of delegates at the Texas GOP convention vote on the party’s legislative priorities, tweak the party platform, and elect party leadership. Mixed into the business are speeches from statewide elected officials to inspire and rally the party base heading into the November election.

Traditionally, the event is financially sponsored in part by those same elected officials.

However, earlier this week the party revealed that Abbott had so far declined to speak or sponsor the convention. Now, he appears to be doing an about-face.

According to a Friday afternoon Twitter post from the Republican Party of Texas, Abbott decided to contribute after word of his potential snub began to circulate among delegates.

It is not yet known how large the contribution is, though Texas Scorecard will report when available. 

It is also unclear whether Abbott will be addressing delegates during the convention, or the amount of his contribution. As of publishing, Abbott’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens