How about a reunion?
In October, I brought you the triumphant return of Robert Francis O’Rourke.
His new domain at the time: Not a punk rock stage, not a political one.
Like Rodney Dangerfield, Beto was going back to school:
Triumphant Return? Beto's Back, and His New Domain May Surprise You
— RedState (@RedState) October 19, 2020
Unlike Rodney, business wasn’t Beto’s bag.
But it didn’t have to be: He inherited $5 million and married into a family worth half a billion.
And now Mr. O might be getting back to the business of government.
It would make sense: Two Augusts ago, the presidential candidate told America he had to remain in the race — because anything less than himself wouldn’t be “good enough.”
Speaking to El Paso radio station KLAQ Monday, he pulled the pin from a gubernatorial grenade: “[It’s] something I’m going to think about.”
On Tuesday, The Texas Tribune relayed Gov. Greg Abbott’s response:
“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. 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.”
Beto O’Rourke said earlier this week he will consider challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022, when the Republican governor is up for reelection.
The two sparred Thursday in what could be a preview of the 2022 governor’s race. https://t.co/OH0tbGFp3I
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 29, 2021
The guns thing does seem a Longhorn State liability.
Back in 2019, O’Rourke postulated an on-point platform:
@politico What part of his t-shirts don't you understand? Can't you read? @BetoORourke Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15. Buy your shirt now: https://t.co/4BpNciGjoJ … pic.twitter.com/IF9POaR3zX
— Patriotmom (@reedmom54) September 14, 2019
At the time, he assured citizens they could keep their hunting rifles.
Will he run for state head honcho next time around?
Either way — as indicated via tweet — he’ll fight against Abbott’s re-election:
You know what doesn’t “sell well” @GregAbbott_TX?
The fact that 36,000 Texans have died from Covid.
Your 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. 1/8 https://t.co/Pxf2x9SqcR
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 28, 2021
Your rollout of the vaccine has been a confusing disaster and your failure to advocate for Texas has left us 49th in per capita doses. Nothing here for you to brag about. We are 6th in the country for COVID-19 hospitalizations. And near the top in new cases and deaths. https://t.co/C9VCY7rn5B
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 29, 2021
Whether or not I run, I will do everything in my power to elect a Governor who looks out for everyone, keeps Texans safe, answers to the people instead of the special interests & guarantees that we all have equal opportunity to achieve our best in life. 8/8
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 28, 2021
He has always run on protecting people:
And since the DNC chose Joe Biden as its best bet, Beto’s still popped up now and again:
He's Back: Beto Pops In to Call the Texas GOP a 'Death Cult' and Champion COVID King Cuomo https://t.co/sALYhLYIrw
— RedState (@RedState) July 23, 2020
Still, surely some believe — where politics is concerned — the guy’s got no wheels.
But don’t count him out — just when you think he’s wearing lead boots…maybe that’s he skates in for the win:
— Stacy Pinkston 🌱🛹🌈 (@stateoflynn) October 6, 2020
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