O’Rourke’s former House chief of staff and longtime adviser David Wysong said, “No decision has been made,” but his boss has been making calls to his political allies seeking advice, giving the impression he intends to run. O’Rourke apparently aims to make an announcement later this year about throwing his hat into the ring.
A recent poll from the Dallas Morning News showed Abbott with a lead on O’Rourke in a hypothetical poll, 42 to 37 percent.
Texas’s Democrat party chair Gilberto Hinojosa reportedly said, “We hope that he’s going to run… “We think he’ll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott because he’s vulnerable.”
Republicans would welcome a challenge from the political lightweight “Beto.” In 2018, Abbott defeated him with over 55 percent of the vote. The result will be equally decisive if the gun-grabbing ideologue takes on Abbott again in 2022.