Although he contended pretty well against Ted Cruz when he ran for Senate in 2018, Beto O’Rourke hasn’t made much of a dent in the polls, although he has made headlines with his gun-grabbing rhetoric. But aiming for the brass ring of the Democratic presidential nomination may be his last time at the halfpipe, if what he has told Politico is true.
A recent profile on the website focuses on his strident stance on gun control, but near the end of the piece, Beto hints that he probably won’t make a bid for public office once this election is through. Author David Siders writes:
Although O’Rourke’s buybacks proposal has had little effect on his campaign’s weak polling, it has allowed him to “put a mark in the book on something relevant,” says Doug Herman, a Democratic strategist. “It takes him out of the abyss and puts him on the trampoline to another office.”
O’Rourke, for now, rejects that possibility. When I pressed at our dinner in Pittsburgh whether any other political office might appeal to him—if not a run for Senate, which he has consistently resisted, perhaps Texas governor, even mayor of El Paso—O’Rourke said no. “I can’t tell you all the reasons why,” he said. “I just can’t even imagine.”
“No,” he said. “I’m running for president.”
If he doesn’t win the presidency, O’Rourke said that “in whatever way I can contribute, I’m going to do that.”
It’s an interesting admission for a candidate who has fought hard in spite of all the odds against him. He has never polled among the top tier of candidates, and his fundraising has been less than stellar.
Molly Prince elaborates at the Daily Wire:
Despite never winning even a state-wide election, O’Rourke announced in March that he would be running for the presidency. His presidential campaign, however, has been struggling to gain traction. O’Rourke has not broken 5% support since April and currently is receiving less than 2% on average, according to Real Clear Politics.
The Democratic presidential hopeful further sounded the alarm on Friday after his campaign revealed that it had raised $4.5 million during the third quarter of 2019, surpassing his haul for the previous quarter, but falling far short of his Democratic primary challengers. In an email to supporters, he emphasized the need for an urgent “breakthrough.”
Do we really believe that Beto will hang up his skateboard and never run again? I’m just not sure that he won’t get the itch to get out on the campaign trail at some point in the future. It’s a disappointment to think that we won’t have Beto to poke fun at after 2020.