Retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West announced that he would be resigning as Texas GOP Chairman in a statement issued on Friday.
A press release stated, “Lt. Col. Allen West will take this opportunity to prayerfully reflect on a new chapter in his already distinguished career. We know that wherever he goes next, he will continue to be a bulwark against progressive socialism and a champion for the principles of Texas and our American Republic.”
The exact reasons for West’s decision to step down aren’t immediately clear. The boilerplate language of the press release certainly doesn’t give much insight on why West has decided to leave after just one year into the job.
West is a popular figure with a significant amount of influence nationwide. He handily beat his opponent last July, and there is nothing that suggests that Republicans in Texas were unsatisfied with his performance.
West said in the press release, “It has been my distinct honor to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. I pray Godspeed for this governing body.”
Hopefully, West is making the right call and is following a path that he feels is best for him. His departure leaves some large shoes to fill, and there will be no shortage of contenders vying to show they can replace Allen West.
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