Allen West Resigns Amid Speculation He’ll Run For Office

( Allen West, the former Florida Congressman and the chairman of the Texas Republican Party, announced that he was stepping down from his leadership role in the party over the last week amidst speculation that he is considering another run for office.

In a statement, West said it had been his “distinct honor” to serve as the Chairman of the Texas Republican Party, and that he prays Godspeed for the governing body. He is expecting to remain in his role until July 11, when the state GOP has had an opportunity to pick a new chairman.

The Texas GOP said that West, who is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, will use the time to “prayerfully reflect” on a new chapter in his distinguished career, sparking rumors that he is leaving to embark on a new chapter in his political career. The state GOP also said that they believe that whatever he does next, he will continue to be a “bulwark against progressive socialism” and advance the principles of the United States and Texas.

It’s all the usual positivity you’d expect from an amicable parting of ways, but it leaves you wondering…what office might West be seeking?

There have been rumors that Col. West will consider running against Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, after over a year of criticizing the state leader for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the recent news that President Donald Trump has officially endorsed Abbott means that the current Texas governor is fairly certain to win the party’s nomination for the upcoming 2022 race.

West’s decision to leave has caused a bit of a stir among some party officials.

Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak issued a statement claiming that West’s entire tenure as the leader of Texas GOP was only intended to give him a platform for his political future, and was not considered an opportunity to benefit or grow the party.

We’ll report back once there are any indications or rumors of what West intends to do next.