Beto O’rourke, the 48-year-old twice-failed Democratic candidate for political office, has reportedly issued the statement that he is considering yet another attempt at running for office, but this time he has set his sights on taking the office of the Governor of Texas.
As reported by The Associated Press, O’Rourke has not completely ruled out his chance at running for Texas governor in 2022, when the term for the current Governor, Greg Abbott, is going to expire and he will seek to claim another term. Currently, O’Rourke has not actively taken any actions toward doing so, an aide close to him stated to the AP, on the demand that they remain anonymous, that O’Rourke has not given up on the idea.
O’Rourke has come to notoriety among the Democratic Party when he tried to take the seat from incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) back during the 2018 elections. Even though he lost by a staggering 200,000 votes, O’Rourke gained some notoriety and slightly flattering coverage. He decided to leverage his newfound stardom and use it run for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
“Man, I’m just born to be in it.” Beto O’Rourke seemed to come from nowhere to the brink of a presidential candidacy—but he’s been on this journey for his whole life. O’Rourke spoke with Joe Hagan. Photographs by Annie Leibovitz. https://t.co/WhmQGZnbUg pic.twitter.com/a7DCoaZdtd
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O’Rourke set his political stage, famously, with a strong take on gun control for his stance in the September 2019 Democratic primary debate, exclaiming”hell yes we are going to take your AR-15″ to the applause to an echo-chamber howling Democrats. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” he exclaimed.
He later dropped completely out of the race roughly a month later with some of his staffers having reportedly been looking for an off-ramp from the campaign for the weeks prior. Now, however, the members of the Texas Democratic Party currently want O’Rourke to run and try to take the office from Abbott in the 2022 election, or at least try and make it known if he wants to or has plans to run for the governor’s seat or not.
“I told him that I thought that we needed a strong candidate for governor and he certainly fit that mold, and that, in my opinion, if anybody could beat Abbott, he could beat him,” said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, as reported by The Associated Press.
If O’Rourke does in fact seek to run, he may also see competition from award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who has teased, more seriously than O’Rourke, on social media with a possible gubernatorial run. He even went so fas as to start seeking out those who could make it happen.
As reported by Politico, McConaughey is “quietly making calls to influential people in Texas political circles, including a deep-pocketed moderate Republican and energy CEO, to take their temperature on the race and to talk about seriously throwing his hat in the ring.”