The Texas Tribune reports:
Texas GOP Chairman Allen West announced Sunday he is running for governor, challenging fellow Republican Greg Abbott. The announcement was made during at appearance by West at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, where the former Florida congressman played a video launching his campaign.
West’s campaign launch comes about a month after he announced his resignation as state party chairman. The resignation is effective July 11, when the State Republican Executive Committee is set to meet to pick West’s successor as chair.
Since his election as Texas GOP chair in July of last year when he soundly beat then-incumbent James Dickey, West has criticized Abbott’s coronavirus response and sought to push the governor’s legislative agenda further to the right.
The Texas GOP chairman made his campaign official Sunday. https://t.co/8rtEyAZI0W
— FOX26Houston (@FOX26Houston) July 4, 2021
Former Texas GOP Chair Allen West, who previously spoke at Dallas’s QAnon Conference, is speaking about ending sex trafficking in his first campaign video. Large parts of the QAnon conspiracy revolve around unfounded claims of mass scale sex trafficking. https://t.co/ZVxS32sGWn
— bosun’s mate’s mate (@MC_Hyperbole) July 4, 2021
A tale of two Texases this Memorial Day weekend: Democrats walked out en masse to save voting right while Rep. Louie Gohmert and Texas GOP Chair Allen West attend a QAnon conference that advocates a military coup to violently overthrow the government https://t.co/eIQgvpOOWa
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) June 1, 2021