The new Texas GOP State Chair Allen West is not playing around.
After recently taking control of the position of State Chair, West has made it a point to call out the Texas GOP establishment.
Brandon Waltens of Texas Scorecard highlighted how West called out Governor Greg Abbott’s series of executive orders with regards to the Wuhan virus and spineless Republicans who have joined Democrats in attempts to erase American history.
Since his successful campaign for State Chair, West has been on a media blitz and reaching out to disgruntled grassroots conservatives. He also took Republicans to task in their flaccid response to the cultural Left’s radicalism.
Waltens noted one case of Republican cowardice that got on West’s nerves:
The first major example came after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove statues of individuals who fought for the Confederacy from the U.S. Capitol. While the push was led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat congressmen, they found unlikely allies in a minority of Republican legislators, including six from Texas: Michael Burgess of Flower Mound, Van Taylor of Plano, Dan Crenshaw of Houston, Michael McCaul of Austin, Will Hurd of San Antonio, and Pete Olson of Sugar Land.
When he went on Fox and Friends on July 24, West criticized “cancel culture” and the Left’s iconoclasm.
“I will tell you, I have never met a Confederate general that offended me,” declared West. He then cited his service at two military bases—Fort Bragg and Fort Hood—which were named in honor of Confederate generals.
“We are just responding to this mob, this cancel culture, and as long as we continue to believe we can acquiesce, appease, and compromise with them, it just emboldens them. And so, I would say, ‘Sit in the corner, shut up, and get out of the business of worrying about the names of military installations.’”
West really stirred the pot by criticizing the executive orders that came out of Abbott’s office.
“One of the things that I believe in is the rule of law and that we are supposed to be governed by our elected officials and not ruled by our elected officials,” declared West. “I’m not too much a fan of executive orders, edicts, mandates, and directives.”
Although West conceded that executive orders may be justified in the case of emergencies, he said, “You have to come back to the Legislature if you want to continue to send out orders.”
In addition, West was in disagreement with Abbott’s statewide mask mandate and described several decisions by local officials as “draconian.”
West’s leadership is long overdue.
BLP previously reported on West’s desire to carry out the will of Texas grassroots conservatives by making Constitutional Carry a legislative priority.
West will need to continue pressuring the GOP and he will need the full support of the Texas grassroots if conservatives want to see their legislative items move forward
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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