Former one-term Florida congressman Allen West won’t complete the first half of his first term as chair of the Republican Party of Texas. He submitted his “irrevocable resignation” today (Friday), presumably to run for governor, Congress or another office. He will continue to serve until a successor is selected next month.
In a statement, West “expressed his humble gratitude” and indicated he would “take this opportunity to prayerfully reflect on a new chapter is his already distinguished career.”
West was elected to the post at the party’s state convention less than a year ago, ousting incumbent James Dickey after abandoning a challenge of U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas). During his brief tenure, West led protests at the governor’s mansion, sued Gov. Greg Abbott (R) over his order extending the early voting period, called Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) a “Republican political traitor,” accused Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) of being “the roadblock for constitutional carry,” adopted a QAnon cult slogan, backed secession and left the party’s PAC with its lowest reported cash-on-hand figure in more than a decade – nearly $825K less than when he started.
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