West’s announcement comes a month after he resigned as chairman of the Republican Party of Texas
Tea Party firebrand Alan West, the Republican nomination for Texas governor, said Saturday that he received monoclonal antibody injections after being diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia.
Antibodies are used to treat people who are in the early stages of coronavirus infection.
“My chest X-ray shows COVID pneumonia, not serious. I’m probably going to be hospitalized,” West wrote. “There is concern about my oxygen saturation level, which is at 89 and they should be at 95.”
He also said that his wife, Angela West, also tested positive and received monoclonal antibodies. According to his Twitter account, Alan West didn’t get vaccinated against the virus, but his wife did.
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Alan West said Thursday that he attended the Mission Generation Annual Gala and Fundraiser, a “packed house” in Seabrook, Texas. On Saturday he tweeted that he is “personally suspending events until a clear indication is received.”
He is a former president of the West Texas Republican Party and a Florida Congressman. He announced in July That he would challenge Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is running for a third term and endorsed by Donald Trump.
West’s announcement came a month after that resigned as President of the Republican Party of Texas.
West won a US House seat in Florida in 2010 and quickly became a Tea Party favorite and lightning rod, at one point accusing Democrats of having more than 80 Communists in his House caucus. He failed to win re-election in 2012.
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He later moved to Texas and remained largely out of the limelight until he ran for president of the state GOP party last year.
West then began criticizing Republicans like Democrats, calling the Texas House GOP speaker a “traitor” for working down the aisle, then protesting outside Abbott’s mansion over coronavirus restrictions.
In October 2020, West took take part in protest Outside the Abbott home, Republicans criticizing the governor’s executive orders – including a statewide mask mandate and lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those restrictions are no longer in force.