Matt Rinaldi, the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, has announced his official endorsement of Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential race.
In a post on X, Rinaldi endorsed Trump and reiterated his support for David Covey, who is challenging House Speaker Dade Phelan in the upcoming primary election.
In his announcement, he also called on Texas GOP vice chair Dana Myers—who announced last week she would challenge Rinaldi for the chairmanship—to do the same.
“While party officials should remain neutral in primaries absent extraordinary circumstances, the threat our nation faces from the Democrats, globalists, and fake Republicans that hand power to Democrats is truly extraordinary. We need everyone in this fight,” wrote Rinaldi.
Today, I am endorsing @realDonaldTrump for President, reiterate my endorsement of @CoveyTX against liberal Speaker @DadePhelan & call on my Vice Chair @drdana4tx to unite & do the same. While party officials should remain neutral in primaries absent extraordinary circumstances,…
— Matt Rinaldi (@MattRinaldiTX) January 29, 2024
The Republican Party of Texas passed a resolution in September calling on Phelan to resign as speaker, citing the failed impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton and his support for placing Democrats in leadership positions.
As of publishing, Myers had not responded to a request for comment.
She posted a reply on X, however, saying that she has been a staunch supporter of Trump “long before Matt Rinaldi’s late & desperate endorsement.”
The vote for the next chair of the Republican Party of Texas will happen during their biennial convention, which takes place on May 23-25 in San Antonio.