Allen West, who recently announced his resignation because the chair of the Texas Republican Party, stated Sunday he is strolling for governor of the country.
West's candidacy puts him on a collision course towards incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican. West has frequently been critical of Abbott, even throughout his time as country birthday celebration chair.
consistent with the Texas Tribune's Patrick Svitek, West declared his candidacy during a July Fourth look at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas. "i will no longer sit on the sidelines and see what has passed off in those america of the us," West stated in a launch video shown on the church.
West instructed The Texan: “I’m not running in opposition to every person. I’m going for walks for Texas.” And he later tweeted: "maybe you heard about this today? Your prayers are preferred."
A retired army officer, West turned into elected to Congress from Florida in 2010 as a part of the country wide Tea birthday party wave of candidates, but changed into narrowly defeated for reelection two years later.
A referred to firebrand who was a favourite of house conservatives, West drew two votes for speaker (from Louie Gohmert of Texas and Paul Broun of Georgia) over fellow Republican John Boehner in 2013 even though he was not a member of the house. West taken into consideration difficult Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for reelection in 2016 however in the end declined to do so.
West relocated to Texas and changed into elected chair of the kingdom's GOP in 2020. On June 4, he stated he turned into stepping down from his birthday celebration submit.
“it's been my distinct honor to function Chairman of the Republican celebration of Texas. I pray Godspeed for this governing frame,” West said on the time. Amid hypothesis that he became planning to challenge Abbott, he told journalists: “we will allow you to realize whilst we need you to understand."
In October 2020, West participated in a "loose Texas" protest on the governor's mansion over Covid regulations. "We name upon the governor to do what is right by way of the people of the extremely good state of Texas so that Texas can stay a leader," West stated.
Abbott turned into elected governor in 2014 and without problems reelected in 2018. however a university of Texas/Texas Tribune ballot posted last week confirmed his approval score turned into an insignificant 44 percentage; that became the identical percentage of Texans who approved of the governor's coping with of the pandemic.