Mike Hess, CCPOA's PAC Chairman issued the following statement:
"The Corpus Christi Police Officers' Association Political Action Committee has known Rep. Abel Herrero for a long time and we were honored to have him come before our membership again this cycle to discuss his plans as he continues to serve District 34 in the state legislature. Unfortunately, the PAC is bound by rules to continue in the order of the schedule unless candidates agree otherwise. The PAC Constitution and Bylaws are very strict regarding the speaking presentations of candidates. Because the PAC forum was running ahead of time and schedules were tight, we were unable to reinforce our longstanding support for Rep. Herrero. We do, however, wish him goodwill and good luck."
According to CCPOA, Herrero's opponent was afforded the opportunity to wait until the scheduled time in light of the endorsements running ahead of schedule but refused, forcing the organization to go ahead without the planned back-and-forth format. Scott agreed to let Herrero address the assembly when it was clear that he was on time for his scheduled appearance.
"It is unfortunate that my opponent continues to avoid facing me head to head where voters and organizations can decide how we stack up. I am willing to debate her on the issues that face hard working Nueces County families, but her campaign continues to use cheap, negative tactics instead of making a positive case," said Rep. Herrero. "I am happy to have the support of our police officers and I will always support them in my work in the legislature."
Abel Herrero has been endorsed by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and is the most senior member of the Corpus Christi delegation. He is seeking his third term in the Texas House of Representatives.