After weeks of not having any campaign events on his schedule, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls will host a fundraiser event for his Congressional campaign, and will have a special guest from Washington with him.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will be with Nehls to help his District 22 campaign. The fundraiser will be held on Friday afternoon beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Freedom Hall bar on Crabb River Road in the Greatwood neighborhood. Tickets are at $25 each.

Masks and social distancing will be a part of the event, according to the announcement, but it doesn’t say that the mask wearing will be mandatory.

McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, and his appearance in the district shows how important the District 22 race is to House Republicans.

Although it is expected that Democrats will hold on to control to the House after the November elections, McCarthy does want to hold on to GOP seats, including Texas District 22.

“Troy has a close race, but he has an unbelievable community that he has reached out to be their voice,” McCarthy said about Nehls in a Zoom call among other GOP House candidates last month. “We got to make sure he gets there in November.”

The event is another private fundraiser for Nehls in his campaign, something his Democratic opponent, Sri Preston Kulkarni, which has criticized Nehls for not holding any events for the general public and not committing to any debates.

“There’s no better example of Troy Nehls’ embrace of Washington Republicans’ reckless agenda than this visit,” Kulkarni campaign manager Allen Chen said.

“Instead of rubbing elbows with Washington insiders behind closed doors after 63 days without a public appearance, Troy Nehls should be explaining to voters why he downplayed the coronavirus and opposed a common-sense mask mandate.”

Kulkarni also picked up another key endorsement last week when former Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced he would be supporting him.

“Sri is a dedicated public servant who’s leading one of the most groundbreaking grassroots movements Texas has ever seen,” O’Rourke said in a statement. “He’s showing us what Texas politics should be—diverse, inclusive, and energizing. And as our country suffers from Covid-19, I’m certain Sri will fight tirelessly to protect his community and their access to healthcare.”

But Republicans were happy to pounce on the endorsement, citing O’Rourke’s controversial issues such as gun confiscation and government-mandated healthcare.

“Sri Kulkarni and Beto O’Rourke are both socialists who want to take away Texans’ Second Amendment rights and employer-provided health insurance,”{span} National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Bob Salera said.{/span}

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