SAN ANTONIO, TX — After much speculation, former El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke finally announced his bid to unseat Greg Abbott in the 2022 gubernatorial race.
"They are not focused on things that we really want them to do," —O'Rourke communicated through a video he shared across social media. "Instead, they're focusing on the kind of extreme policies around abortion or permitless carry," he added.
Beto O'Rourke's priorities are centered around the preventable and regrettable winter storm that left many dead and millions of Texans without electricity.
"They were abandoned by those who were elected to serve and look out for them," O'Rourke argued. "It's a symptom of a much larger problem that we have in Texas right now."
Current Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, came under criticism after getting increased donations from the energy sector. Critics speculate Greg Abbott received funds as a reward for not passing stringent regulations addressing the state grid's failure. On August 4th, 2021, Mitchell Ferman and Carla Astudillo broke a story explaining Abbott's donations following a blackout time where elected officials can't receive campaign donations:
O'Rourke also highlighted Texas should focus on developing world-class schools, expanding Medicaid, and legalizing marihuana. Democratic nominee Frank Ramirez and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg welcomed Beto at the Communication Workers of America building, located at 1027 N St Mary's St in San Antonio, TX.
During his first stop in San Antonio, Beto O'Rourke highlighted the need to reach out to all communities instead of making assumptions based on race or language.
"We got to show up and listen and work with them, and that's why I am going to these important communities"
Former US Representative Beto O'Rourke is scheduled to meet with Laredo's public officials later today at the Jett Bowl North, located at 5823 McPherson Rd in Laredo, TX. O'Rourke has also scheduled visits to Corpus Christi and Houston on November 18th and 19th, respectively.