It’s officially day two of Beto O’ Rourke’s gubernatorial campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Greg Abbott as the Governor of Texas in an election that is one year away. O’Rourke, a democrat, is making the run to try and “turn Texas blue” in 2022.
Early Monday morning, O’ Rourke made his run for Governor public, announcing, “I’m running for governor. Together, we can push past the small and divisive politics that we see in Texas today — and get back to the big, bold vision that used to define Texas. A Texas big enough for all of us.”
Despite the high-profile losses on O’Rourke’s record, his popularity, and support in Texas among Democrats, remains strong. That’s most likely due to O’Rourke’s constant work to remain a key advocate of Democrat supported policies in Texas and in a highly visible way, leveraging social media as well as national news and media outlets.
In his typical “grassroots” style, Beto hit the road, beginning a campaign to “listen to and learn from the people who are leading the effort to get our state back on track. Educators, frontline workers, entrepreneurs, energy leaders — all those who've stepped up for Texas in the absence of state leadership.”
Later in the day, O’ Rourke met with Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster in Fort Stockton, Texas to discuss, “Medicaid expansion and other urgent steps needed to expand healthcare access in Texas.”
Beto began the second day of campaigning in San Antonio, Texas, where he met with union activists, essential workers and labor leaders. His campaign has planned stops the rest of this week in Laredo, McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Dallas, and Abilene.
As expected, O’ Rourke’s Monday announcement was met with praise from democratic supporters, and criticism from Texas republicans, including current Governor, Greg Abbott.
Greg Abbott challenges Beto O’ Rourke to “Bring it” in Texas race for Governor.
Abbott took to Twitter to share his reasons why Beto is “wrong for Texas”, and challenged O’ Rourke to “Bring it”, stating; “Beto wants to:
- defund the police
- kill good paying oil & gas jobs
- allow chaotic open border policies
- support the failing Biden agenda
- impose socialism
- take your guns.
The Governor also shared a GIF of Beto O’Rourke morphing into President Joe Biden with the caption, “Wrong for America. Wrong for Texas”.
Governor Abbot has been on the defensive regarding the epic failure of the Texas power grid last winter, which resulted in a number of Texans losing their lives to the brutal cold snap. A point that his newly announced challenger, O’Rourke, made a point to focus on during his announcement regarding running for Governor on Monday morning.
On Monday, seemingly responding to the announcement of a new democratic challenger to his office, shared praise for Texas representative Ryan Guillen a former Democrat, who switched parties as a Republican. Abbott said that, “Rep. Guillen’s decision to switch parties is indicative of a shifting landscape in South Texas”, and that, “as Dems move further left, they’re abandoning the people of South Texas & their values”.
Setting the stage for the upcoming political battle in Texas, Abbott went on to state; "Texas just got redder today when an Hispanic Democrat switched parties and joined the Republican Party. He said the party of open borders, hostility to oil & gas, and socialism is not the party for him."
Texans have almost a full year to weigh their options, and back their candidate for Governor come November 2022.
What do you think, Texas?
Will Beto, “Bring it”? Or will Abbott “Keep it”?
Who will get your vote for Texas Governor in 2022?
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