Texas – MoveOn’s Texas members voted overwhelmingly in favor of Beto O’Rourke in the state’s governorate race, with 97% voting in favor of O’Rourke.
MoveOn has more than 900,000 members in Texas, and the O’Rourke Approval is one of MoveOn’s first two approvals for governor in 2022, the other being Stacey Abrams of Georgia. These two nations were elected first because the next governor will play a vital role in the lives of their constituents, as well as we will maintain a functioning democracy where the people have the right to determine whether they will retain the right to count their votes. And indeed determine the winner of the election.
Beto O’Rourke’s race for governor against Republican Greg Abbott is the next step in the ongoing struggle to ensure politicians’ focus on issues Texans need, including improving the power grid. Creating jobs, restoring a woman’s right to choose and expanding Medicaid.
“In our democracy, Beto O’Rourke needs a leader right now.” Said Rahna Ipting, executive director of Moveon Political Action. “It’s imperative that the people of Texas have a governor in their heart, with the best interests of each person in mind. Science and safety are in line with this race, and it’s time to protect the Texans across the state. “
The decision by MoveOn members to approve Beto will enable statewide and national grassroots networks to begin fundraising, as well as on-the-ground and digitally organized efforts on its behalf. The approval follows MoveOn’s extensive organizational efforts to get members to vote, volunteer and contribute to the successful defeat of Donald Trump in Texas, and it supports their continued efforts to hold Greg Abbott accountable.
Beto O’Rourke, a fourth-generation Texan, was born and raised in El Paso, where he is a small business owner, a member of the City Council, and has served as the United States Representative in Congress. Beto has dedicated his career to advocating and upholding progressive values and legislation inside and outside the state. He has worked hard to strengthen our democracy and expand the social safety net.
Beto O’Rourke will also give Texas a voice that once again believes in science and truth, instead of Greg Abbott’s conspiracy theories about vaccines, masks and Trump rebels attacking Congress.
Here’s what some MoveOn members in Texas had to say about O’Rourke:
“Beto has done day-to-day footwork across the state and proved that he is willing to invest in long-term infrastructure critical to democratic gain in Texas.” -Patrick M, McKinney, TX
“Beto believes that we all deserve better and should behave better. His honesty and openness is something that this state desperately needs. Beto needs a governor of Texas! -Christopher S., Richmond, TX
“I have no doubt that Beto will work hard for the people of Texas and make honest and fair decisions for all Texas.” -Carol M., Carrollton, TX
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