Allen West declared on July Fourth that he is running for Texas governor, setting up a 2022 clash with incumbent Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican who is seeking a third term and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
West, 60, made the announcement in a short video shown to a congregation at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas.
“I can no longer sit on the sidelines and see what has happened in these United States … and the place that I call home,” West said.
West is a former U.S. congressman from Florida and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.
He ran and won the race in 2020 to become chairman of the Texas Republican Party but announced last month he would be resigning, effective July 11.
Other possible gubernatorial candidates include actor Matthew McConaughey and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
The results of a poll, released on Sunday by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, show Abbott with 39% support from Texans and McConaughey close behind with 38% in a hypothetical matchup. Against O’Rourke, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate and president, Abbott garnered a 12-point advantage, 45%-33%, in a hypothetical general election faceoff.
Author: Daniel Chaitin
Source: Washington Examiner: Allen West announces bid for Texas governor against Trump-endorsed Greg Abbott