Texas GOP chair Allen West introduced his resignation on Friday, opening up the potential of a run for statewide place of work.
In a news release from the Texas Republican celebration, West mentioned it was once his “distinct honor” to serve within the place, which he did for just below a 12 months. West’s resignation might be efficient on July 11.
The celebration’s information unlock touts West’s support for Texas’ “heartbeat bill” — or extreme anti-abortion law that successfully bans the process at six weeks.
There was common hypothesis that West would run for statewide place of work in Texas, both for governor or Congress.
In a up to now scheduled press conference Friday, West mentioned that “such a lot of folks have requested me to believe one thing” and that he’d take a look at “possibly one thing even congressional, cuz I do are living 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 lately serves the district.
West additionally told a radio host previous Friday that it was once “secure” to suppose he was once bearing in mind a run for governor. West was once a widespread critic of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who is running for a 3rd time period in 2022 and has been counseled by means of former President Donald Trump.
As GOP celebration chair, West protested outside the governor’s mansion over COVID-19 shutdowns, studies the Texas Tribune. He additionally sued Abbott for extending early vote casting because of the pandemic.
West, who grew up in Georgia and served within the Military as lieutenant colonel, was once up to now highest referred to as a Tea Party-backed congressman in Florida within the early 2010s. In that place, he made repeated Islamophobic statements.
In the case of who will exchange West as Texas GOP chair, present vice chair Cat Parks “might be having conversations together with her circle of relatives” a few imaginable run, consistent with her spokesperson. In the meantime, former GOP state Rep. Matt Rinaldi has already introduced his candidacy for the location.
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