Allen West Resigns as Texas GOP Chair, Could Challenge Abbott

Allen West resigned as Texas Republican Party chairman on Friday – touching off immediate speculation he may challenge Gov. Greg Abbott.

“It has been my distinct honor to serve as chairman of the Republican Party of Texas,”  he said in a statement posted on the state party’s website. “I pray Godspeed for this governing body.”

And the party noted:  “Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen West, has submitted his irrevocable resignation to the officials’ meeting as of 8 a.m. CT today. He will remain at the helm of the Texas GOP until a new chairman can be selected on July 11th at an undetermined location as of now.

“Lt. Col. Allen West will take this opportunity to prayerfully reflect on a new chapter in his already distinguished career. We know that wherever he goes next, he will continue to be a bulwark against progressive socialism and a champion for the principles of Texas and our American Republic.”

The Dallas Morning News reported that West, a former Florida congressman, told WBAP radio that he is considering a run for governor. And The Texas Tribune said he has not ruled out challenging Abbott.

The Tribune noted that

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