Former Rep. Allen West launches GOP primary challenge against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Saying that he can no longer “sit on the sidelines,” Allen West on Sunday announced a run for Texas governor, launching a primary challenge against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

The outgoing Texas GOP chair – a controversial and outspoken former congressman from Florida – made his announcement in a campaign video he played during a July Fourth appearance at the Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas.

“There comes a time when a warrior understands that maybe he has to go back and pull out that sword,” West, who served in the Gulf War and the Iraq War before retiring from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel, said in the video. “I am now drawing my sword.”

“I have not been in elective political office for about a decade. But I can no longer sit on the sidelines and see what has happened in these United States of America, what is happening in the place that I call home,” West declared.

And he emphasized that he’s running to be “governor of the Lone Star State so that we can protect and defend our home.”

“I couldn’t think of a better place and a better day to make that announcement,” West told fellow parishioners after the conclusion of his video. “Let’s stand up for God, for the country, and for Texas.”

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