, the chairman of the Texas Republican Party
, resigned on Friday, opening the door to a statewide run.
West stated in a news
release from the Texas Republican Party that it was his "distinctive honor" to serve in the position for just under a year, and that his resignation will take effect on July 11.
The party's news release touts West's support for Texas' "heartbeat bill," or extreme anti-abortion legislation that effectively bans abortion after six weeks.
West has been rumored to run for statewide office in Texas, possibly for governor
In a previously scheduled press conference on Friday, West stated that “so many people
have asked me to consider something,” and that he would look into “possibly even congressional, cuz I do live in Texas [district] 32, and there’s a guy in Texas-32 that I really don’t care for being my congressional representative.” Democratic
Rep. Colin Allred currently represents the district.
West also told a radio host earlier Friday that it was "safe" to assume he was thinking about running for governor. West has been a frequent critic of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
(R), who is running for a third term in 2022 and has received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump
Allen West responds to speculation that he will run for office after stepping down as chairman of the Republican Party of Texas: https://t.co/sGsxSnFvkR
pic.twitter.com/sWHehZqHMZ — Christian Flores (@CFloresNews) June 4, 2021
According to the Texas Tribune, West, as Republican Party chair, protested outside the governor's mansion over COVID-19
shutdowns and sued Abbott for extending early voting
due to the pandemic
West, who grew up in Georgia
and served as a lieutenant colonel in the Army, was best known in the early 2010s as a Tea Party-backed congressman in Florida
, where he made numerous Islamophobic statements.
In terms of who will succeed West as Texas GOP
chair, current vice chair Cat Parks "will be having conversations with her family" about a possible run, according to her spokesperson, while former GOP state Rep. Matt Rinaldi has already declared his candidacy.