With the cult of personality often more important than the cultivation of character for the democrats, Beto O’Rourke seems to fit right in.
Beto, or Robert Francis O’Rourke, as he was born, is a walking, talking embodiment of what the liberal left would likely accept as a white, male candidate for 2020. Not only is his preferred name “Beto” intrinsic to the Tex-Mex culture of southern Texas, but his calculated speaking cadence is a perfect mix of Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy.
He’s familiar too, having unsuccessfully challenged Ted Cruz for a Senate seat in Texas, even with the addition of several skateboarding stunts aimed at garnering “cool points”.
But with limited political experience and a recent loss at the Senate level, would Beto O’Rourke even be able to get a foot in the door with the DNC?
Yes, according to his friends, who have reported that Beto is likely set to announce his candidacy in the coming days.
Beto O’Rourke has decided not to run for U.S. Senate next year against Texas Republican incumbent John Cornyn and likely will announce a campaign for president soon, people close to the former El Paso congressman told The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday.
Numerous people close to O’Rourke said they expect him to announce his presidential campaign within weeks. O’Rourke on Wednesday wouldn’t reveal his political plans except to say he has made up his mind.
“Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country,” he said in an exclusive statement to The Dallas Morning News. “We are excited to share it with everyone soon.”
If Beto’s decision is not a run for the Oval Office in 2020, there is also the distinct possibility of him joining another campaign as a Vice Presidential candidate.