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.
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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