DALLAS – Outgoing Texas GOP chairman and former Congressman Allen West says former President Trump’s support for Gov. Greg Abbott will not “hurt” his main lawsuit against the 2022 Republican governor.
“Because I have to run for governor of Texas, it has nothing to do with me,” he told West Acesparks ahead of his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas this weekend.
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Abbott West faces major challenges from the right, including former state Sen. Don Huffines and political commentator Chad Prater. Huffines will address conservative activists and leaders at the CC on Saturday, while the West, a controversial and outspoken former Florida congressman, will address Sunday.
The governor, who was invited to speak at the CC in Dallas, is in the state capital, Austin, and is not attending as he oversaw a special session of the Texas legislature asking for the completion of unfinished business from an extraordinary session. In an interview with Acesparks, Abbott’s adviser will brief state lawmakers and sheriffs on the southern border with Texas on Saturday about the work being done to combat the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Abbott had recently promised to complete the construction of the border wall, which began under former President Trump’s administration, and there has been an increase in the number of immigrants crossing the border this year. And a week and a half ago, he joined Trump and won national titles when he attended an event on the unfinished part of the Texas border wall.
The West said “the need to protect that border” was the main reason he decided to run for governor, and his first stop after launching his truck a week ago was at the southern border.
He also criticized the governor for calling it “an almost failure of the legislature.”
In the sixth week, Abbott’s title is to sign laws restricting the teaching of critical racing theory in his state and allow Texas to carry weapons without a license. During a special legislative session that began on Thursday, the most important item on the list of his responsibilities for state legislators were laws backing the USSR GOP, tightening the right to vote, which was violated by the Democrats at the end of the session. legislators.
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Some Republicans in Texas say Abbott’s muscle movement is an attempt to protect his right wing, after last year’s angry Texas Conservatives fired large amounts of fire at his masked mandates and COVID-19 restrictions on businesses. . And earlier this year, the governor refused to deal with the state’s devastating winter storm, which led to a power outage that froze millions of texas in abnormally cold temperatures.
The Texas GOP chairman is suing the outgoing West Gov. for his vocal criticism of Abbott’s actions against the coronavirus epidemic last year. West Acesparks told the governor that “many Texans are not happy with the COVID restrictions.”
When asked about Trump’s approval of Abbott, West said, “It doesn’t hurt me at all, and it doesn’t apply to me at all. In fact, there were several primary organizations in Texas that asked the president to revoke his approval. Governor Abbott.”
“The bottom line is that I’m running to serve God, to serve the country, to serve Texas. It’s not about serving President Trump. I know him personally, but if he felt he wanted to support Greg Abbott, that’s good, “the West said. . “It doesn’t matter to me because I want to run for governor of Texas.”
David Carney, a longtime political adviser to Abbott, said truck policy is not a motivating factor in the governor’s tumultuous activities.
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“We don’t focus on all the conversations,” Carney recently told Acesparks. “We’re 100% sure we know where the Republican primary voters are. We’re not worried about the primary at all.”
On Thursday, the governor’s re-elected truck announced that it had brought in nearly $ 19 million in the last 10 days of June and now has $ 55 million in cash.
The West, which has been very successful in fundraising during its time in Congress, said raising enough money to be competitive “shouldn’t be a problem”.
“Ten years ago, as the first member of Congress, I raised $ 19 million. Recognition of my name and face has definitely risen,” West suggested. “You want to have the money to get the message.”
But before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. military, the West, which fought in the Gulf War and the Iraq war, added, “I think we can deliver this message without a big box of war because people want to hear the message of constitutional conservatism.” . “
Asked if he thought the governor was making a mistake by not speaking at the CC this weekend, the West said, “You should have asked the governor about it. I don’t have any assessment of whether he spoke at the CC. I’ll be at the CC again.” I was humble enough to get a chance to return to the stage once. “
“I think the only downside to not going to CC is that it will allow Allen West and Don Haffines to launch unanswered attacks on Governor Abbott,” veteran Republican strategist Brendan Steinhauser, who lives in Austin, told Acesparks.
But Steinhauser, a veteran of the Tea Movement movement, who later ran fireplaces for two of Lone Star’s best Republicans – Texas Sen. John Cornin and Rep. Den Denrenshu – all so far suggests Abbott has no opinion. we are currently facing serious problems. “
Pointing to the governor’s rating among Republicans in Texas, his support for Trump, and the big chest of the fireplace war, Abbott said, “Right now on a very good ground … We’ll see if any of these guys argue. I’m a hostage.” I’m not a seamstress, but I don’t think I’ll bet he’ll lose today. “
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