Texas Governor Greg Abbott reportedly stayed at the fundraiser for hours after the Uvalde shooting

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who attended a fundraiser for hours after a shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, reportedly attended the fundraiser for hours.

The Republican governor, who initially said he was stopping “on the way” to Austin to “let people know” he couldn’t stay, attended the fundraiser in Huntsville, 150 miles east of Austin, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Data from the outlet shows that the governor arrived in Huntsville on a borrowed plane at 4:52 p.m. and didn’t leave until about three hours later.

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Abbott could have raised up to $50,000 at the event, which was held in a private home by host Jeff Bradley, according to the paper.

The governor’s campaign spokeswoman, Renae Eze, wrote in a statement that Abbott’s “description of his movements that day is accurate.”

“Unlike Beto O’Rourke who took advantage of the tragedy in Uvalde by raising more money and resorting to political stunts, Governor Abbott canceled all political activity, including fundraising,” Eze wrote.

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O’Rourke, Abbott’s Democratic opponent in the gubernatorial election, called the governor at a news conference the day after the shooting.

‘This is yours. Until you choose to do something else, this will continue to happen,” O’Rourke said in May. “Someone has to stand up for the children of this state, otherwise they will be killed, just like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday.”

Abbott reiterated in an interview with KENS-TV Friday that he was at the fundraiser to let people know what was going on in Uvalde and “answered questions about it” during the event.

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The report comes as a criticism of law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde shooting. The outcry led to Uvalde School police chief Pete Arredondo resigning as councilor earlier this month. Community members have continued to press for his resignation as chief of school police and other local officials.

This article originally appeared on The Bharat Express News and has been updated.

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