Former U.S. Rep. Allen West, originally from Florida and a real conservative who once called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment. following a short stint in Congress, was elected chair of the Republican Party of Texas early today.
West, who was elected to Congress in 2010 in Florida and then moved to Texas after serving one term, won the leadership post during a virtual convention that was wracked by delays and technical problems.
“I am honored and privileged that Republicans of Texas have selected me to Chair their party and to be at the helm during this coming election cycle,”
West said in a statement. “We need to focus on maintaining the conservative policies that made Texas strong and drive outer outreach across the state.
West’s selection comes four months before what could be an unusually competitive election day in America’s biggest red state. Democrats need just nine seats to flip the Texas House for the first time in 20 years. Meanwhile, Joe Biden has put up a modest ad buy in Texas trying to raise questions about President Trump’s vulnerability in the Texas stronghold.
Trump acknowledged West’s victory today, tweeting, “Congratulations Allen, great job.!”
West unseated James Dickey, who had been the party’s chair since 2017.
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