According to records obtained by the outlet, the governor arrived in Huntsville at 4:52 p.m. in a chartered jet and did not depart until about three hours later.
According to the newspaper, Abbott was able to raise up to $50,000 at an event held at a private home by host Jeff Bradley.
Renae Eze, a spokeswoman for the governor’s campaign, wrote in a statement that Abbott’s “description of his movements that day was accurate.”
“Unlike Beto O’Rourke, who used the tragedy at Uvalde to increase his fundraising efforts and resorted to political stunts, Governor Abbott canceled all political activity, including fundraising,” Eze wrote.
O’Rourke, Abbott’s Democratic opponent in the gubernatorial race, called out the governor at a press conference the day after the shooting.
“This is up to you. Unless you choose to do something different, this will continue to happen,” O’Rourke said in May. “Someone needs to stand up for the children of this state.” Otherwise they will continue to be killed, just as they were killed yesterday at Uvalde.”
Abbott KENS-TV interview On Friday, he reiterated that he participated in a fundraiser to let people know what was going on at Uvalde, and “asked questions about it” at the event.
Reports come as criticism continues Law Enforcement Response to Uvalde Shootinganger provoked Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo Resigns From a city council post earlier this month. Community members continue to call for his ouster as the school’s police chief and for other local officials to be held accountable.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and updated.