Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, is considering throwing his hat in the ring for the 2022 Texas governor’s race.
Fox News is reporting former Texas State Representative Beto O’Rourke is reportedly considering a run for governor of Texas in 2022.
“You know what, it’s something I’m going to think about,” he told Texas radio station KLAQ this week.
O’Rourke, best known for his contentious loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 Senate race and subsequent campaign for president, said that Texas had “suffered perhaps more than any other” during the coronavirus pandemic and accused Gov. Greg Abbott of “complete indifference” to assisting local leaders in trying to save lives.
“I want to make sure that we have someone in the highest office in our state to make sure that all of us are okay,” O’Rourke, 48, said. “Whether I’m a candidate for governor or I support someone who’s a candidate for governor, I want to make sure that we have excellence in leadership and that excellence goes to every single part of the state, including ours.”
I’m not sure where Beto is getting his figures in saying Texas has suffered more than any other state from COVID-19. Has he looked at New York’s numbers? Texas’s deaths per 100,000 is 121 people. New York’s deaths per 100,000 is 319.
A Beto win would be a disaster for Texas and the entire country. If we lose Texas, what hope do we ever have to get the country back on a path of conservative principles and values? Beto lost by only a slim margin in his Senate bid against Ted Cruz in 2018. Beto garnered 48.3% of the vote to Cruz’s 50.9%. That is way too close for comfort, especially in red Texas.
Current Governor Greg Abbott’s political strategist is expressing high confidence in Abbott’s victory should he face O’Rourke in his reelection bid.
Abbott’s political strategist, Dave Carney, expressed delight at the idea of O’Rourke jumping into the race. “I certainly would love to run against him,” Carney told Fox News on Thursday. “The guy couldn’t get elected dog catcher.”
I wish I felt as confident as Carney. For some reason, the libs LOVE Beto. We saw in Georgia what the left is capable of doing by soundly defeating Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue in the Senate race in Georgia. If the Dems can peel away Georgia, the Republicans need to fight like hell to keep Texas.