"And while that makes a great day for the Republican Party of Tarrant County, that victory also serves notice that we have much work to do unifying our party," Easton said.
Shafi, in a statement on his Facebook page, said the past several months had been "extremely difficult" on him and his family.
But he said the committee vote had "reaffirmed" his "faith in our party and our country." "With today's vote, we have taken a stand against bigotry... against religious discrimination, and to protect our Constitution and the freedoms offered by our Country," he said.
"It is time to put this division to rest," he added. "I have no animosity towards my detractors, they are simply misguided.
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