Allen West won’t be charged over incident at DFW Airport

Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen West will not be prosecuted over his involvement in an altercation over face masks at DFW Airport last year, a Grapevine Municipal Court administrator said Monday.

West said he was walking through an airport terminal on Nov. 3 maskless when a man called him an idiot for not wearing a face covering. DFW Airport, like all airports, requires passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while walking through the terminal.
A previous statement from West’s campaign said he walked over to the man, later identified as Lawrence Stern, and responded by “flicking” off Stern’s face mask; West said on Twitter he pulled down Stern’s mask and said, “See, nothing happened.”

DFW Airport police responded and took a report, and West and Stern went their separate ways.

Stern previously told The News West “violently” tore his mask off and said he wanted to see West charged over the incident. Stern told police he wasn’t hurt, and authorities saw no marks on his face, according to a police report.

Neither Stern or spokespeople for West responded to requests for comment Monday. A prosecutor for the City of Grapevine also did not respond to a request for comment.

West, a former Congressman from Florida and ex-head of the Texas GOP, is a staunch opponent of vaccine- and mask mandates. He’s running to the right of incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Early voting in the primary continues until Friday. The election is March 1.

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