According to the authorities in Harris County, two volunteers working for the reelection campaign of Texas Governor Greg Abbott were assaulted while knocking on doors in a Houston neighborhood.
The suspect pursued the two volunteers into a neighborhood in Humble, pulled out the sideview mirrors of the automobile they were in, and attempted to pull them out of the vehicle.
“Political violence is never acceptable. Mark Miner, a spokesperson for Texans for Greg Abbott, said in a statement on Sunday. “With just over a month until Election Day, the passion to win should never bubble over into something more dangerous. There is no place for this in Texas.”
According to the campaign, Harris County criminal enforcement investigators identified the culprit and discovered bits of the volunteers’ var in his garbage bin. This information was provided by the campaign. He was taken into custody on counts of criminal mischief.
Images that were distributed by Abbott’s team showed the car’s sideview mirrors in a damaged state.
On Sunday afternoon, neither the Harris County Sheriff’s Office nor the Humble Police Department responded promptly to demands for information that were made to them.
Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke is taking a second shot at a statewide office in Texas after losing to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. Abbott is competing for a third term against O’Rourke, who is running for a statewide seat in Texas for the first time.
About six weeks before the election, the average of the most recent polls conducted by Real Clear Politics gives Abbott a lead of 7.5% over O’Rourke. In Texas, elections for statewide office haven’t been won by a Democrat in over three decades.