Former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who was once President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of Veterans Affairs, won the GOP congressional primary race in Texas’ 13th District on Tuesday night.
Jackson defeated his opponent, Josh Winegarner, by 11 points, according to the Associated Press.
“Thank you everyone for the great win tonight!” Jackson tweeted. “I promise I WILL MAKE YOU PROUD IN CONGRESS!”
The doctor also posted a couple of pictures of him and his wife Jane on the phone, saying that they had spoken with Trump about the victory.
“Jane and I just got off the phone with @realDonaldTrump! It’s official!” Jackson tweeted. “I am honored to be the Republican nominee for #TX13! I promise I will make you proud!”
Trump congratulated his former physician via Twitter.
“Ronny will be a fantastic Congressman – Will represent the wonderful people of the Great State of Texas, and the USA, very well,” the President tweeted. “Proud of you Ronny!!!”
Trump tapped Jackson to head the VA Department in spring 2018. However, Jackson withdrew his nomination after allegations of “excessive drinking on the job,” “improperly dispensing meds,” and other workplace misconduct surfaced.
Jackson denied the allegations, describing them as “baseless and anonymous attacks,” but stated that he was withdrawing due to how they had “become a distraction.”
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