Allen West declared on July 4 that he was running for governor of Texas, staging a 2022 clash with incumbent President Greg Abbott, another Republican who is running for a third term and has been approved by former President Donald Trump.
West, 60, did the ad in a short video shown to a congregation at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas.
“I can no longer just sit on the sidelines and see what happened in this United States… and the place I call home”, West said.
West is a former member of the United States Congress from Florida and a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel.
He ran and won the race in 2020 to become president of the Texas Republican Party, but ad last month he would resign, effective July 11.
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Original author: Daniel Chaitin