Let’s put it this way – as a punk rock guitarist, Texas Democrat Senate candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke wasn’t a whole lot more successful than he’s been sharing a debate stage with Ted Cruz.
We’ll not Beto around the bush, here – he was unimaginably bad. And we can prove it.
We can prove it, because, thanks to the guys at the Travis Tracker, we have video…
If you made it through all of that, God bless you. It isn’t easy on the ears.
But one thing you might have picked up on was that the host of the local TV show O’Rourke’s band was booked on called him “Bob,” not Beto. That flies at bit in the face of his claim that he’s always gone by Beto and didn’t adopt that nickname as a cheap political trick to attract Hispanic votes.
You shouldn’t be too shocked to find that he was dishonest about the nickname. He was also lying when he denied trying to leave the scene of a car wreck he caused while driving drunk in 1998, and his dishonesty extends to the recent revelations O’Rourke has been committing campaign finance violations…
The Federal Elections Commission seems to have found some not-too honest money in the coffers of Democratic Senate Challenger Beto O’Rourke.
According to the Daily Caller, the FEC has flagged O’Rourke’s campaign for accepting “excessive” and “impermissible” donations from individuals from outside of the country.
Now that it’s gone public, it’s likely that the O’Rourke campaign will act very quickly to correct the error. However, O’Rourke isn’t typically known for correcting errors until he’s caught, and has a history of taking money that he’s not supposed to, dating all the way back to his days as an El Paso city council member.
As the Daily Caller notes, this information was made available the night that O’Rourke was supposed to debate incumbent Ted Cruz, yet it seems that O’Rourke chose instead to make a political campaign ad on Facebook Live:
The warning from the FEC came on the same evening that O’Rourke was scheduled to debate Sen. Ted Cruz at the University of Houston. The El Paso congressman declined Cruz’s invitation to the debate, instead live streaming his repeated attempts at making a campaign ad. O’Rourke notably avoided committing to any debates against Cruz for weeks during the summer, and even bowed out of the first tentatively scheduled debate saying he was unhappy that he didn’t get a big enough say in the terms.
For the sake of our ears, we wish O’Rourke had the same case of stagefright the night of that TV show that he had last week at the debate. Surely he had to know how bad he was as a guitarist, just like the thorough walloping Cruz gave him in the only debate so far was reason enough for him to want to dodge any others. The fact Cruz was about to give him what-for over his shady foreign campaign donations in front of a statewide audience only explains it even better.