By Joseph W. Heim, Jr.
Associated Press – OCTOBER 19, 2019″I’m a fan of a lot of the things that he’s done, but I think it’s time to go a little more mainstream,” said Jim Heim Jr., a prominent Houston businessman who has donated millions of dollars to the Texas Republican Party.
“I think he needs to go more mainstream in a good way.”
It’s a message the former governor of Texas, who was once seen as a rising star in Republican politics, has embraced.
He is scheduled to host an event Tuesday night at the Texas State Capitol to discuss the state’s opioid crisis and the effects of climate change.
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“This is the most important thing that I’ve done in my life, and I’m going to keep doing it until I die,” Heim said.
The two-day event is being organized by the Texas GOP and the Texas Medical Association, which will host the event.
A video posted on social media is expected to be released on Tuesday afternoon.
In his role as governor, Heim has worked to limit prescription drug costs for Texans.
He also worked to pass a law in 2017 to create a prescription drug monitoring program for the state.
The event will also highlight the role the state has played in battling the Zika virus, which is ravaging the Americas.
He’s promised to create an Ebola response plan in the state and is working to build a public health emergency fund that will help local governments deal with the pandemic.