After a failed Senator’s race in Texas against Ted Cruz in 2018 and than a short lived presidential race in 2020, Beto O’Rourke is facing another hard decision in his political career, this time for Texas Governor in this upcoming gubernatorial election in 2022.
In an Associated Press release, Gilbert Hinojosa, the Texas Democratic Party chairman, says he encouraging Beto O’Rourke to take a stab at the Governor’s position against Gregg Abbott, who has announced his campaign for re-election.
For the past several months, there has been speculation of whether the former congressman from El Paso, Texas would throw his name in the hat for governor of Texas. With no formal announcement from O’Rourke, Texas Democrats in the state seem to be patiently waiting for the news to be announced soon, but with the former actor and now professor at University of Texas, Matthew McConaughey, who has foreshadowed a run for governor as well, Beto seems to be in a dilemma, especially with Democratic primary voters itching to see Beto enter the race.
Governor Gregg Abbott is well financed for his re-election campaign and Beto O’Rourke has yet to call on donors for backing. This could be a strategy, but with Texas being a highly conservative state, it would make sense to start early.
After the 2020 presidential election, former president Donald Trump was able to successfully cut into the voter margins in the Rio Grande Valley, a place where Beto O’Rourke was seen passing out water and talking to residents after a Winter Freeze that killed more than 150 people in February.
It was in 2018 when Beto O’Rourke excited Democratic voters in Texas that caused a narrow loss from Senator Ted Cruz. Texas hadn’t seen a gubernatorial voter turnout the way they did for the past 30 years. It was at the end of the 2018 Senators race, when Ted Cruz began to campaign due to the voter excitement. Beto for Senate campaign signs were seen nailed to fences throughout Texas and some say it scared Republican Ted Cruz to get on the road to talk to voters.
Now that Beto lost his presidential bid in 2020 and after taking what some say “far left” agenda talk points, Gilbert Hinojasa, the Texas Democrat Party chairman believes no one has stuck their neck out other than Beto O’Rourke and feels he is the only viable candidate that can help other down ballot candidates get into office in the upcoming 2022 gubernatorial election.