Allen West, a transplanted one-term Florida congressman and right-wing provocateur, introduced his resignation on Friday as chairman of the Texas Republican Party, probably as a precursor to operating for statewide workplace.
Mr. West, a former Army officer who was compelled to retire after firing a handgun close to the top of a prisoner in Iraq, stated at a information convention in Whitehouse, Texas, that he was contemplating operating for workplace.
“Maybe something congressional,” he instructed.
He had served within the job for lower than a yr.
In that quick time, Mr. West — a Fox News fixture who attended an occasion in Dallas final month at which Michael T. Flynn, the previous nationwide safety adviser to President Donald J. Trump, instructed the United States may witness a navy coup — has earned a popularity for taking up Democrats and Republicans with equal aplomb.
His spats with the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, over the dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic and with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick over gun laws have led to hypothesis that he’ll mount a Trumpian problem to 1 of them within the Republican primaries subsequent March.
Texas, a bedrock purple state quickly changing into a battleground, is the location of an intraparty combat between the conservative institution and media-savvy firebrands like Mr. West, who assume Mr. Abbott and Mr. Patrick will not be going far sufficient to the fitting.
On Friday, Mr. West, 60, informed a conservative Texas radio station that he was contemplating a problem to Mr. Abbott however was praying on the matter earlier than making up his thoughts, in keeping with The Dallas Morning News.
A spokesman for the governor’s marketing campaign stated that Mr. Abbott, who was elected comfortably in 2014 and 2018, was effectively positioned to win a 3rd time period irrespective of who ran in opposition to him. Don Huffines, a Republican former state senator from Dallas, has already stated that he’ll problem Mr. Abbott.
“It is now clear that @AllenWest’s entire tenure as @TexasGOP chair was intended to do only what many suspected: Provide him a platform for his political future, not an opportunity to build the party,” wrote Matt Mackowiak, a veteran Republican operative who leads the Republican Party in Travis County, residence to Austin. “What is he running for?”
Mr. West, who will stay on the get together’s helm till his successor is chosen subsequent month, wrote that it had been “a distinct honor to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas,” posting a quick assertion on the state get together web site to announce the tip of his tenure.