TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Allen West has resigned as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas hours before he was set to have a press event in Whitehouse.
The announcement was made by Vice Chair Cat Parks just after 8:00 a.m. A spokesperson has confirmed that he will stay on until July 11, despite Parks saying it is effective at 5 p.m. Friday, per the Texas Tribune.
The move raises speculation that West could be running for governor and challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in the Republican primaries next March.
West has been a consistent critic of Abbott for not being conservative enough.
West was named the chairman at the virtual state convention last July after defeating incumbent James Dickey. He is a former Florida congressman and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col.
He is holding a press conference in Whitehouse at 10:30 a.m. In a release, he said that he would be discussing the recent legislative session.
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