Texas Republicans poised to vote on Muslim vice chair ouster
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republicans in one of Texas’ most populous counties are scheduled to decide whether to remove a Muslim doctor as a party vice chairman amid infighting over some members’ claims about his beliefs.
A precinct chairman in Tarrant County has led the call to oust Shahid Shafi, a surgeon and City Council member in suburban Fort Worth. Top Republicans have condemned the effort, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
A meeting is set for Thursday night.
Some party members claim Shafi may be more loyal to Islamic law or connected to a terrorist group. Shafi denies both claims.
Former county GOP leader William Busby says the issue is affecting fundraising. He tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that some large corporate donors “don’t want to be associated with a party that’s going in the direction of excluding people based upon their religious beliefs.”