Republican Candidate for Texas Governor Tests Positive for Covid

Allen West said on Saturday that he was experiencing a “low grade fever and light body aches” after his wife tested positive.,


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A Republican candidate for Texas governor cancels events after Covid exposure.

Allen West at an event last month in Harlingen, Texas.Credit…Eric Gay/Associated Press

Published Oct. 9, 2021Updated Oct. 10, 2021, 9:32 a.m. ET

Allen West, the former Republican congressman who is challenging Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas for his seat, has suspended in-person events because he developed Covid symptoms after his wife tested positive for coronavirus on Friday.

Mr. West, who is not vaccinated, said in a Twitter thread on Saturday that he was experiencing “a low grade fever and light body aches.” He said he was taking ivermectin, a drug used to treat parasites that health experts say is not effective against the virus, and hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug which the Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against using.

Mr. West’s wife, Angela West, is vaccinated, he said.

On Thursday, Mr. West spoke at a fund-raising event inside a yacht club near Houston, where, in photos posted online, almost no one could be seen wearing a mask.

Mr. West did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

Mr. West resigned in June as the chairman of the Texas Republican Party. A transplant and one-time Florida congressman, Mr. West is viewed as a right-wing provocateur who has feuded with Mr. Abbott over his handling of the pandemic and with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick over gun legislation. In a campaign video, Mr. West says he is against vaccine mandates.

Mr. West was once an Army officer, but he was forced to retire after firing a handgun near the head of a prisoner in Iraq.

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