Beto O’Rourke, a perpetual political failure and gun-grabber, said he was considering challenging Governor Greg Abbott during the 2022 gubernatorial elections. The gun-hater said that running for governor was “something I’m going to think about” during an interview with El Paso radio.
Texas Democrats, emboldened by the new administration, encouraged the gun grabber to run for the seat, causing Gov. Abbott’s to hit back at the Democrat during Odessa briefing.
“You’re talking about a person who says they want to run for governor who said, ‘Heck yes,’ he’s gonna come and take your guns,” Abbott said. “Heck yes, he’s for open borders. Heck yes, he’s for killing the energy sector and fossil fuels in the state of Texas. I don’t think that’s gonna sell real well.”
O’Rourke took Gov. Abbott's criticism as a political challenge, accusing him of mishandling the COVID-19 crisis, failing to act on "gun violence," and failing to raise the minimum wage.
“You know what doesn’t ‘sell well’ @GregAbbott_TX?” O’Rourke replied. “The fact that 36,000 Texans have died from Covid. Your (sic) have undermined public health and local leadership at every turn, and now too many of our family, friends, and neighbors are dead because of it.”
He alleged that Gov. Abbott was obsessed with pleasing the gun lobby, leading to Texans losing their lives to "gun violence."
The gun grabber did not respond to comments about supporting gun confiscation, a policy that’s a hard sell in gun-friendly Texas. Biden promised that the former Texas representative would play a crucial role in his administration’s anti-gun agenda.
However, he only acted as Biden’s campaign gun control bogeyman with no specific role to play. Beto’s involvement in the November elections helped Texas Republicans maintain the majority, especially in the state House. It’s unlikely that a run for the gubernatorial seat would amount to anything.
Despite his failure, O’Rourke could be absorbed in the Biden administration if the proposed gun buyback program came to fruition, but that may take some time. Meanwhile, the failed Democratic presidential primaries contender is involved in state politics using his Powered by People political advocacy group.
However, his remarks show that he is not totally convinced about running for governor in Texas. He stated that “whether or not” he ran for governorship, he would run a determined campaign against Abbott, who he accused of serving special interests. Perhaps his conviction might change before Dec. 13, 2021, when all candidates are expected to announce their gubernatorial ambitions.
Abbott has $40 million earmarked for his 2022 re-election campaign. His political adviser Dave Carney claimed that he expected about $100 million. It’s interesting to see whether anti-gun groups would invest in O’Rourke, having performed appallingly during the Nov. 2020 elections in Texas.
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