Texas county GOP to vote on ousting leader because he's Muslim

  • Texas county GOP to vote on ousting leader because he's Muslim

Texas county GOP to vote on ousting leader because he's Muslim

Some are seeing it as an issue that has split the Republican Party like never before. But his commitment to core GOP values hasn't shielded him from ire within his own party.

A Texas county Republican committee voted Thursday to block a push from a small group of party members to oust a Muslim vice chairman from his post within the party.

Shafi, a trauma surgeon and city council member for the affluent Fort Worth suburb of Southake, has attracted national attention for pressing American ideals amid what some say have been racially-motivated attacks. Shafi denied both claims and other Republicans have called them bigoted. "And unfortunately, I don't think it will be the last either".

The lone dissenter, Precinct Chairwoman Dorrie O'Brien brought forth a motion to oust Shafi.

O'Brien is credited with leading the effort against Shafi - often posting about her opposition to his appointment on social media.

O'Brien has had some support online where she's been vocal about her opinion on her Facebook page, saying she doesn't believe Shafi should represent Tarrant county Republicans because not all Republicans believe Islam is acceptable in the U.S. The formal motion to oust him failed in a 49-139 vote, said county party spokesman Mike Snyder. Ted Cruz and Land Commissioner George P. Bush. She wrote on Facebook "We don't think he's suitable as a practising Muslim to be vice chair because he'd be the representative for ALL Republicans in Tarrant County, and not ALL Republicans in Tarrant County think Islam is safe or acceptable in the USA, in Tarrant County, and in the TCGOP, and there are big questions surrounding exactly where Dr. Shafi's loyalties lie, vis a vis Democrat and Republican policies".

Still, Darl Easton, the Tarrant County GOP Chairman who appointed Shafi to his role, is standing behind his pick.

"As the most conservative county in the nation, this is a demoralizing blow to the conservative rank and file of the Republican Party across the nation and in Texas", Legvold added. Easton said he accepted that as Attebery's resignation.

Shafi, who came to the U.S.in 1990 and became a naturalized citizen in 2009, has repeatedly defended himself against the attacks on his religion.

"We don't think he's suitable as a practising Muslim to be vice-chair because he'd be the representative for ALL Republicans in Tarrant County, and not ALL Republicans in Tarrant County think Islam is safe or acceptable in the United States, in Tarrant County, and in the TCGOP, and there are big questions surrounding exactly where Shafi's loyalties lie vis a vis Democrat and Republican policies", she wrote.

"Here are the facts. I have never had any association with the Muslim Brotherhood nor [the Council on American-Islamic Relations] nor any terrorist organization", he wrote in an open letter to party officials. He also asserted that he supports the US courts and systems of law and that he has never promoted Sharia law. I fully support and believe in American Laws for American Courts. "I am honoured to be an American and a Republican", he was quoted as saying by The Texas Tribune.

Shafi, who has worked as a trauma and rehabilitation expert in various universities and hospitals in Texas, joined the Republican Party soon after receiving USA nationality in 2009.

Riddlesperger points out the vote could prove costly for the Tarrant County GOP. Konni Burton of Colleyville. Some have even speculated that the ouster of Shafi could drain fundraising efforts and jeopardize the party's 2020 campaign. "Doubling down on shrinking the tent is a very bad idea". "I don't know how serious they were about it, though".

Shafi said the vote took a stand "against bigotry of all kinds".

"They've said nothing but terrible things about us - that we're bigots and Islamophobes and white supremacists - when we're just patriots who care for our country", she said. Find a complete list of them here. "He has every right to be here".