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Allen West questioning a witness during a hearing in Rayburn.If you’ve ever wondered what happens to some formerly lauded chairs of the Texas GOP, look no further than Florida man Allen West. A mere four years ago, the former congressman from the Sunshine State was on a stunning upward trajectory in Texas politics. He came to Texas searching for a cause and early in the pandemic found it: effectively wielding a megaphone to bully party leaders into adopting his brand of far-right conservatism. There was the time, for instance, when he and a handful of far-right Republican officials protested outside of the Governor’s Mansion, in October 2020, openly criticizing Governor Greg Abbott for taking too many COVID precautions. (Abbott would, ultimately, make Texas one of the first states to reopen the economy and drop…

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