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July 26, 2020      1:05 PM

Texas GOP Chairman West disagrees with mask mandate, says Abbott should be checked by Legislature in pandemic response

"We are supposed to be governed by our elected officials and not ruled by our elected officials,” Chairman West said

In a pretty sharp rebuke of Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask mandate and other restrictions put in place by executive order during the coronavirus pandemic, newly-elected Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West said in a TV interview aired Sunday morning that "We are supposed to be governed by our elected officials and not ruled by our elected officials.”

In the interview on NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Chair West was asked by Dallas Morning News reporter Gromer Jeffers about the pandemic response of Gov. Abbott. Chair West replied "I'm not too much of a fan of executive orders.”

West was quick to clarify that he understands and agrees that the executive branch needs to be able to act quickly in response to a crisis. However, West added that Gov. Abbott should “have to come back to the Legislature if you want to continue to send out orders, or what have you. It has to be done by legislative process."

You can check out the interview here.

By Scott Braddock

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