Texas Republican Party Chair Allen West To Resign

Written by on June 4, 2021

Texas GOP chair Allen West introduced his resignation on Friday, opening up the potential of a run for statewide workplace. 

In a information launch from the Texas Republican occasion, West mentioned it was his “distinct honor” to serve within the place, which he did for just below a yr. West’s resignation will likely be efficient on July 11. 

The occasion’s information launch touts West’s assist for Texas’ “heartbeat invoice” — or excessive anti-abortion laws that successfully bans the process at six weeks.

There was widespread hypothesis that West would run for statewide workplace in Texas, both for governor or Congress.

In a beforehand scheduled press convention Friday, West mentioned that “so many individuals have requested me to contemplate one thing” and that he’d have a look at “possibly one thing even congressional, cuz I do dwell in Texas [district] 32, and there’s a man in Texas-32 that I actually don’t take care of being my congressional consultant.” Democratic Rep. Colin Allred presently serves the district. 

West additionally advised a radio host earlier Friday that it was “secure” to imagine he was contemplating a run for governor. West was a frequent critic of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who’s operating for a 3rd time period in 2022 and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. 

As GOP occasion chair, West protested outdoors the governor’s mansion over COVID-19 shutdowns, reviews the Texas Tribune. He additionally sued Abbott for extending early voting as a result of pandemic.

West, who grew up in Georgia and served within the Military as lieutenant colonel, was beforehand greatest often called a Tea Celebration-backed congressman in Florida within the early 2010s. In that place, he made repeated Islamophobic statements

When it comes to who will change West as Texas GOP chair, present vice chair Cat Parks “will likely be having conversations together with her household” a couple of doable run, per her spokesperson. In the meantime, former GOP state Rep. Matt Rinaldi has already introduced his candidacy for the place.

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