Former Florida Rep. Allen West Named Texas Republican Chair

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., arrives at Trump Tower in New York. West, a firebrand conservative who once called for President Barack Obama's impeachment during a short stint in Congress, was elected chairman of the Republican Party of Texas during a turbulent virtual party convention early Monday, July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida, a firebrand 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 during a turbulent virtual convention early Monday.

West’s ascension 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, and Joe Biden this month put up a modest ad buy in Texas, raising questions about President Donald Trump’s vulnerability in the longtime Republican stronghold.

West, who was elected to Congress in 2010 and moved to Texas after serving just 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 voter outreach across the state.”

Trump acknowledged West’s victory on Monday, tweeting, “Congratulations Allen, great job!”

The Texas GOP was forced to shift to an online convention after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat, moved to cancel the party’s plans for a massive indoor gathering downtown in one of the country’s hardest-hit coronavirus hot zones.

West unseated James Dickey, who had been the party’s chair since 2017.

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  1. Trump using antisemitic slurs regularly is not news on VIN. 145,000 covid deaths and spikes in 40 states not news. Swing states polling big for VP JOE BIDEN not news. Nuthing guy appointed huh in Texas is news? NOT. Another yawn…

    • Well, yeah, because things that didn’t happen (your first item) aren’t news, no matter how much you try to pretend they are.

      We may also note your racism in calling a black politician “nuthing guy.”

      • please list the items mentioned above that “didn’t happen”. I think that you’ll have some difficulty. Except for the 145000 deaths. It’s “only” 140000 and wont reach 145 until the end of the week.

        • He never used anti Semitic slurs and most of those deaths are due to the policies of the democrat governors you worship who shipped sick people to nursing homes to infect others, more dead in NY nursing homes than in any republican run state.

        • Try to read, Henry. I specifically called out only the first thing (“Trump using antisemitic slurs regularly”) as something that didn’t happen. Which is indeed the case.

          • really?…well, there is Mary Trump’s firsthand account, the antisemitic campaign ads (you surely remember the Jewish money memes in the anti Hillary ads replete with stars of david that Trump said was a “sheriff’s star”, his comments about only “jews with Yarmulkes” counting his money, his difficulties with housing authorities over his overt racism (obviously, every racist is also an antisemite), his “very fine people” comments about the marchers chanting “Jews will not replace us”…Im sure I can come up with a dozen more if you need them…isorry for those pesky facts getting in the way of another of your lame defenses of the worst human being and incompetent person to ever hold the presidency

    • Just an FYI, more people died in NYS nursing homes alone due to the orders of Cuomo The Geronticide than in any republican run state including all the ones that reopened, there’s a spike in cases not deaths. Florida has a bigger population than NY by about 2 million and more than 6 times less deaths, Texas has a bigger population than NY by about 9.5 million and more than 8 times less deaths. Georgia has less than half the population of NY and more than 10 times less deaths. Just in democrat run NY and NJ alone which amnd had the same ship sick people into nursing home policies they have more than a 3rd of all deaths in the US. NJ and NY have more than 2 times per capita deaths than the country with the most deaths per capita. The US comes in 8th in per capita deaths.

      • I mean the part about Trump saying antisemitic things. There has never really been any proof. I expect he said some offensive things but he’s an offensive person. Doesn’t make him an antisemite.

  2. Congratulation Rep. West.!
    And bring the African American vote in bigtime. We are still treated like latrine slaves by Democrats in our cities and schools.
    Great choice.

  3. A dozen eyewinesses including his own blood relatives have stated on the record that your orange fuhrer uses antisemitic slurs and swear words. If you vote for him you deserve him.

    • Yes we do deserve him, TRUMP2020. If you vote for Dementia Joe and the democrats then you are supporting those who defend and support Jew haters, Tehran Nancy just endorsed the Jew hater Ilhan Omar.

    • Because people have never, ever, not in all of recorded history, ever made up things about their famous blood relatives, right? You know, you’re not actually obligated to be that gullible.


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