Allen West, Texas GOP gubernatorial hopeful, has COVID-19

GARLAND (Texas)--After being diagnosed with COVID-19, Allen West, a Tea Party firebrand, announced Saturday that he had received monoclonal antibodies injections.

Allen West, Texas GOP gubernatorial hopeful, has COVID-19

GARLAND (Texas)--After being diagnosed with COVID-19, Allen West, a Tea Party firebrand, announced Saturday that he had received monoclonal antibodies injections.

These antibodies can be used to treat coronavirus infections in their early stages.

"My chest Xrays show that I have COVID pneumonia. It is not severe. West stated that I will likely be admitted to the hospital. "There are concerns about my oxygen saturation levels which are at 89, when they should be at 95."

Angela West, his wife, was also positive for the virus and has been given monoclonal antibodies. His Twitter account states that Allen West was not vaccinated, but his wife was.

Allen West claimed that he attended the Mission Generation Annual Gala and Fundraiser in Seabrook Texas on Thursday. He tweeted Saturday that he was "spending in-person events till receiving an all clear indication."

West is a former Texas Republican Party Chair and Florida Congressman. In July ,he declared that he would challenge Republican Governor. Donald Trump has endorsed Greg Abbot who is running for a third term.

The announcement by West came one month after he resigned from his position as chair of Republican Party of Texas.

In 2010, West was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida. He quickly became a favorite tea party figure and lightning rod. At one point, he accused Democrats of having up to 80 communists within their House caucus. In 2012, he was not reelected.

Later, he moved to Texas but largely kept out of the limelight until he ran for the office of chairman of Texas' GOP party.

West began to criticize Republicans as much and as Democrats. He called the Texas House GOP speaker a "traitor," for working across the aisle. Then, West led a protest outside Abbott’s house over restrictions on coronavirus.

In October 2020 West participated in a protest against Abbot's house. He was critical of Republican governor John Kasich's executive orders, which included a mandatory statewide mask mandate, and lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. These restrictions have been lifted.

Updated Date: 10 October 2021, 06:38

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