O’Rourke makes stop at Galveston Juneteenth event

Democratic candidate for governor Beto O'Rourke speaks at the Juneteenth Festival at Menard Park in Galveston on Saturday, June 18, 2022.


Former U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke joined a large, diverse crowd at a Juneteenth festival in Menard Park on Saturday. The visit marked O’Rourke’s first to Galveston for Juneteenth.

“Everyone has welcomed us so warmly back to Galveston,” he said. “Here we are in one of the most important places historically in the United States of America, or on the planet for that matter, 157 years after this critically important moment in our history.”

This year marks the 157th anniversary of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger. The order freed enslaved people in Texas, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

O’Rourke, a Democrat running against incumbent Greg Abbott in the November general election for governor, said regardless of political affiliation, as a society, we should all fight against racism.

“I don’t expect everyone to do the right thing overnight, or to accept some of the changes we need to make immediately, he told the crowd.

“We need our fellow Texans to understand our fellow Texans. When we do that, we are good people, Republican, Democrats and Independents, and we will want to do the right thing.”

This year’s gubernatorial campaign marks O’Rourke’s third run for office since 2018. After being elected to the 16th Congressional district of Texas in 2012, he lost his bid to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in 2018 and was unsuccessful in a run to become the Democratic Party nominee for President in 2020.

O’Rourke plans to make at least one more visit to Galveston before the Nov. 8 election, campaign officials said.


(11) comments

Bailey Jones

Not trying to ignite a snark fest, but I'm wondering what Juneteenth events the rest of Texas' politicians attended - Abbott, Cruz, Cornyn, Middleton, Weber, Babin, etc. I saw the mayor at our parade in Galveston. Beto managed both Galveston and Fort Worth. I would have thought that Cornyn, at least, would have shown up somewhere. If anyone has any facts on the whereabouts of our representatives, I'd love to see them.

BTW, the AP has a nice photo essay of celebrations around the nation here -


Carlos Ponce

Greg Abbott:


Ted Cruz


John Cronyn


Randy Weber on Twitter

157 years ago, federal troops arrived in Galveston to inform the people of Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln that all slaves were free. Juneteenth is a symbol of hard work, commitment, and a day of celebration.https://twitter.com/TXRandy14/status/1538607568867696640

I don't keep up with Babin since he's not on my ballot.

Bailey Jones

Yes, Carlos, I did the obvious google search before I asked. I assume the answer to my question "what Juneteenth events the rest of Texas' politicians attended" is "none".

Carlos Ponce

Presumptuous, Bailey. If they did anything clearly public, you would lambast it as a "photo-op".

Bailey Jones

Carlos, if they did anything clearly public, I would call it "news". And I'd welcome their participation in our nation's latest federal holiday. It's kind of a big deal, historically. The Senate did pass the bill without amendment and by unanimous consent, after all. And no one of consequence in the House voted against it.

John E Sr. Macrini

Perhaps the other Politicians were being apolitical and enjoying their families in celebration of Father's Day. Families are important.

Bailey Jones

That's probably why most of the celebrations were held on Saturday.

Jim Forsythe

Former U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke joined a large, diverse crowd at a Juneteenth festival in Menard Park on Saturday

Bettie Bennett

I remember Beto proudly, publicly announced he would take our guns.

Ted Gillis

So John, all of us fathers who spent day, golfing, going to a ball game, attending a car show or fishing with a buddy should somehow feel ashamed for not spending the day as you prescribed?

John E Sr. Macrini

I prescribed nothing and you are entitled to feel however you would like to feel.

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