Allen West Resigns As Chairman Of the Texas Republican Party
Allen West surprised many on Friday morning, when he announced that he would be stepping down as Chairman of the Texas Republican Party. While West is stepping down as Chairman, that doesn't mean he is stepping off the political stage.
West is widely expected to run for a statewide race, possibly challenging Texas Governor Greg Abbott in the Republican Primary. Abbott already has two challengers in the Republican primary, Don Huffines and Chad Prather have both announced their campaigns and some believe Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller could run.
West also raised the possibility of running for Congress and that former President Donald Trump's endorsement of other candidates would not play a factor in his decision to run for office according to the Texas Tribune.
West also raised the prospect he could run for Congress, noting he is a resident of the 32nd Congressional District, "and there's a guy in Texas 32 I really don't care for being my congressional representative." The incumbent is Democratic Rep. Colin Allred of Dallas.
As for a statewide campaign, West said he would not be deterred by an incumbent having the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Trump has already backed Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for reelection.
"You know, I don't serve President Trump. I serve God, country and Texas, "West said. "So that does not affect me whatsoever."
West will remain as Chairman of the Texas Republican Party until July 11 when a new Chair will be selected. West took over as Chairman last Summer after defeating James Dickey.