governor of texas Greg Abbottwho attended a fundraising drive hours after a shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers in UvaldeHe was reportedly at the fundraiser for hours.
The Republican governor, who initially said that stopped “on the way” to Austin to “let people know” that he couldn’t stay, he visited the fundraiser in Huntsville, 150 miles east of Austin, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Records obtained by the outlet show that the governor, via a borrowed plane, arrived in Huntsville at 4:52 p.m. and did not leave until about three hours later.
Abbott may have raised as much as $50,000 at the event, held at a private home by host Jeff Bradley, according to the newspaper.
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 Uvalde tragedy by increasing his fundraising efforts and resorting to political trickery, Governor Abbott canceled all political activity, including fundraising,” Eze wrote.
O’Rourke, Abbott’s Democratic opponent in the gubernatorial race, called the governor at a news conference the day after the shooting.
“This depends on you. Until I choose to do something different, this will continue to happen,” O’Rourke said in May. “Someone has to defend the children of this state or they will continue to be killed as they were yesterday in Uvalde.”
Abbott, in a interview with KENS-TV on Friday, he reiterated that he was at the fundraiser to let people know what was going on in Uvalde and “answered questions about it” at the event.
Report comes as criticism continues Law enforcement response to the Uvalde shooting. The outrage sparked Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo Resigns from his position on the City Council earlier this month. Community members have continued to call for his removal as school police chief and for other local officials to be held accountable.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.