AUSTIN, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) - Fake Catholic and failed Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is reportedly preparing to challenge Catholic Greg Abbott in the Lone Star State's gubernatorial race.
Sources share O'Rourke is making calls to political strategists and allies, allegedly seeking advice and support on a potential 2022 bid for governor.
"We hope that he's going to run," stated Gilberto Hinojosa, the state's Democratic Party chair. "We think he'll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott because he's vulnerable."
But O'Rourke has his own vulnerabilities.
In 2018, he lost a Senate seat challenge against incumbent Ted Cruz — despite spending nearly 30 times more than Cruz on digital marketing and more on a Senate campaign than any other nominee in history.
O'Rourke then ran as a Democratic candidate for president in 2020; he pulled out of the race about seven months after announcing his candidacy, later endorsing Joe Biden.
Although a hypothetical poll shows O'Rourke cutting down incumbent Greg Abbott's lead, he still trails behind the sitting governor.
O'Rourke's progressive policies also stand to hurt him outside of moderately liberal urban areas. His stance on abortion is especially radical — and certainly in complete contradiction to the Catholic Church's infallible teachings. He has even identified himself as further left on abortion than fellow fake Catholic Joe Biden.
O'Rourke has also criticized the recent Texas Heartbeat Act, the most pro-life law any state has on its books, penalizing all abortions after six weeks of gestation. NARAL Pro-Choice America ranks politicians on how extreme their child-murder policies are: O'Rourke has a 100% rating.
The Texas politician has also pushed extreme LGBT agendas. In 2019, O'Rourke threatened to strip churches of their tax-exempt status should they oppose same-sex "marriage," announcing:
There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. And so as president, we're going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.
Even practicing sodomite Pete Buttigieg found this a bridge too far.
O'Rourke further proposed boosting public school pro-gay sex education and overturning then-president Donald Trump's policy banning so-called transgenders from military service.
O'Rourke holds a 95% approval rating from the League of Conservation Voters for his progressive stance on climate change, which at one time included a $5 trillion plan to cut down carbon emissions.
Governor Abbott, a faithful Catholic, has only recently dipped below the 50% approval rating in his state; but his approval is still a higher rate than his disapproval. And Texans prefer Abbott's leadership to unelected Joe Biden's.
Democrat Hinojosa speculates the governor's popularity dip is largely attributable to urban responses to Abbott's stringent border control policies and his opposition to state-sanctioned child murder.
Abbott will be facing multiple challengers in the governor's race next year. Republican Allen West, chair of the Texas GOP, announced his candidacy in July, facing Abbott for the Republican nomination. Pro-vaccine actor Matthew McConnaughey is also a potential candidate, though he hasn't officially declared as such yet, nor has he indicated a party affiliation.