Shafi, a trauma surgeon and Southlake city councilman born in India and raised in Pakistan, was appointed as the county party's vice chair in July, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas will decide this week if they should remove a party vice chairman who is Muslim following allegations he has denied that suggest he prefers Islamic over USA law and opposes the GOP's pro-Israel stance.
"We don't think he's suitable as a practicing 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", Dorrie O'Brien, a local precinct chair, wrote on Facebook.
Bush said the GOP needs to "move towards a more inclusive Republican Party and stop tearing down our own if we are to keep Texas red" as he called for the county party to stop the efforts to remove Shafi. The Star-Telegram reported that, since the movement to remove Shafi has picked up steam, it has expanded to also target some of his defenders, including Easton and a Republican party official who is married to a Muslim.
"This is, unfortunately, not the first time that people or my political opponents have tried to use my religion against me to distract the voters".More news: Edulji Recommends Suspension for Pandya, Rahul After Legal Opinion
Shafi told reporters outside the meeting following the vote, "As we struggled through the last few months, it would have been easy for me to quit, but I stayed on to fight".
Mr Shafi, born in India and raised in Pakistan, travelled to the USA to study medicine. George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner and the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, tweeted that he is urging the Republican Party "to do the right thing and vote to support Shahid Shafi". He wrote in an open letter that he identifies as a Republican because he believes in "small government, lower taxes, individual responsibility, religious freedom, school choice, energy independence, rule of law, and secure borders".
"Here are the facts". He's denied any connections to terrorist organizations or the Muslim Brotherhood. He also asserted that he supports the USA courts and systems of law and that he has never promoted Sharia law.
Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Darl Easton said in a written statement, "this vote reaffirms the commitment by a majority of Tarrant County Republicans to our core values and moral compass, a demonstration of our allegiance to the Texas Republican Party Platform and the Constitutions of the United States and Texas, which strictly prohibit religious and racial discrimination of any kind". Even though Shafi is an active member of his party, Easton observed, his efforts on behalf of the GOP have gone unrecognized by those seeking to remove him.
It's unclear whether Thursday's vote will happen in public, behind closed doors or be delayed indefinitely, Easton said. "The Party of Lincoln should welcome everybody & celebrate Liberty", said Sen.More news: Predicted Barcelona XI vs Levante: Youngsters’ time to deliver
Bradford said that O'Brien later put forward the motion to have him removed from his position.
Brendan Steinhauser, an Austin-based GOP strategist, worries that Shafi's ousting would harm the Tarrant County GOP and state party in the 2020 elections.
"I disagreed with them because I believe that in this country, what matters is who you are as an individual - not where you came from".
"As long as someone is a USA citizen, has obeyed the laws of the country, paid their taxes and so forth, they have an equal right to be involved in city, county, state or national government", Easton said.More news: Billie Eilish Releases Video 'When I Was Older' Inspired by Film 'Roma'