Former US Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced that he is running for governor of Texas - and social media has a lot to say about it.
On Monday, O’Rourke posted a video to his Twitter account to share the news.
“I’m running for governor, and I want to tell you why,” O’Rourke said in the video.
He spent most of the clip focusing on the February 2021 electricity grid failure in Texas, which was caused by a winter storm and devastated millions of people across the state.
“They were abandoned by those who were elected to serve and look out for them. It’s a symptom of a much larger problem that we have in Texas right now,” O’Rourke said about the people who saw their water runout and pipes freeze during that time.
Rather than focusing on problems that impact everyday Texans, O’Rourke says the state’s current leadership is “focusing on” policies such as abortion or permitless carry “that really only divide” residents and stop them from “working together.”
In 2022, O’Rourke, an El Paso native and former lawmaker for Texas’ 16th district, will run against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in what is believed to be a crucial Democratic effort to turn the state a bit bluer.
O’Rourke was elected to the House of Representatives for three terms before losing a high-profile Senate battle in 2018 to Sen. Ted Cruz.
Despite losing the election, his name became more well-known, and he had a brief run for president in 2020.
Since his short run for the White House, O’Rourke has devoted much of his time and energy to voting rights, giving courses on the subject at the University of Texas and serving as a key player in the fight against Republican efforts to reform the state’s voting laws during the summer.