Allen West made news as a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump who also sparred with other top politicians in his party. Now a recent move has people talking about what it means for his political future.
West is stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Breitbart reported. Some have speculated that he has done so to pursue higher political aspirations including a run for governor.
“It has been my distinct honor to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas,” West said in a news release obtained by WAGA-TV. “I pray Godspeed for this governing body.”
West submitted his “irrevocable resignation” Friday though it won’t take effect until his successor is named in July. One of the reasons he gave for stepping down was to avoid a conflict of interest in a run for public office, according to the Texas Tribune.
Although he has declined to say so, some believe West is considering a challenge to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. He was an outspoken critic of the governor for his willingness to allow early voting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump already endorsed the reelection of Abbott and his Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, but West has no problem breaking with the former president. “You know, I don’t serve President Trump. I serve God, country and Texas,” West said. “So that does not affect me whatsoever.”
However, West has also hinted at a possible bid for the House of Representatives. In the state’s 32nd Congressional District he calls home, West said “there’s a guy in Texas 32 I really don’t care for being my congressional representative.” Currently, the seat is occupied by Democratic Rep. Colin Allred of Dallas.
Some in the party are angry that West seemingly used his position in the party leadership as a springboard for his political ambitions. However, West will soon leave it to voters to decide whether that was the right move or not.