GARLAND, TX (AP) – Outraged by the tea party, Allen West, the GOP nominee for governor of Texas, said on Saturday that he received monoclonal antibody injections after being diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia.
Antibodies are used to treat those in the early stages of coronavirus infection.
“My chest x-ray does show COVID pneumonia, it’s not serious. I’ll probably go to the hospital, ”West wrote. “There are concerns about my oxygen saturation level, which is 89, and it should be 95”.
He also said that his wife Angela West also tested positive and received monoclonal antibodies. According to his Twitter account, Allen West was not vaccinated against the virus, but his wife did.
Allen West said Thursday that he attended the “crowded venue” at the annual gala and fundraiser in Seabrook, Texas. On Saturday, he tweeted that “he will suspend personal events until he receives a clear direction.”
West is the former chairman of the Texas Republican Party and the Florida Congressman. In July, he announced that he would challenge Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is running for a third term and has been approved by Donald Trump.
West’s announcement came a month after he stepped down as chairman of the Texas Republican Party.
West won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Florida in 2010 and quickly became a favorite of the tea parties and lightning rod, at one point blaming Democrats for 80 Communists in their faction in the House of Representatives. He failed to win re-election in 2012.
He later moved to Texas and remained largely out of sight until last year he ran for the chair of the State Republican Party.
West then began criticizing Republicans as strongly as Democrats, calling the GOP speaker at the Texas House a “traitor” for working across the aisle and then leading a protest outside Abbott’s mansion over coronavirus restrictions.
In October 2020, West took part in a protest outside Abbott’s home, criticizing executive orders from the Republican governor, including a statewide mask ban and a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. These restrictions no longer exist.