Beto O’Rourke has been invited to the first in the nation primary state of New Hampshire. The state Democrat Party was asked to come speak with voters and meet with political operators in the state on the heels of a surprisingly narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat. Liberals are gushing over O’Rourke—whose real name is Robert—because they think he’s an attractive guy who can talk a great game despite having no experience for the job. The media loves him, too, propelling him from a back-bench congressman who lost a Senate race to a possibly top tier candidate for the Democrat nomination for president in 2020.
MEANWHILE—Dozens of Democrats are staying mum about whether they plan to run for president in 2020. The list is far too long to recite. But handfuls of them who deny they’re a candidate “at this point” or are “thinking about it” are making the rounds, putting out books, visiting early election states, and enticing the media. There’s a chance some 30 Democrats could run next time around—including the very real possibility Hillary Clinton is among them.
Nine Inch Nails can do without Ted Cruz. The Texas Senator requested a spot on the band’s guest list during a show in Irving, Texas, but the band rejected it. Trent Reznor at one point asked the crowd who voted for Cruz — then said “he might be here tonight, he was bugging to get on the guest list. And I told him to [f]-off.”
Reznor went on that when they hosted Cruz a few years back, he “drank all the beer” and was a “pain in the ass” to be around.”
Robert Beto O’Rourke, a Dem candidate for Senate in Texas, used his position to push a real estate deal that would enrich his own family, according to a New York Times report. As an El Paso city councilman back in the mid-2000s, O’Rourke voted to approve a development deal that involved a retail destination, using eminent domain to seize the homes of hundreds of his own constituents. The project was proposed by billionaire investor and developer William Sanders, whose daughter O’Rourke had literally just gotten married to. The story, pushed by Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, won’t help O’Rourke bolster his campaign platitude of removing special interests from politics.
Despite the Hispanic nickname, Texas Dem candidate for senate Beto O’Rourke—real name Robert—is Irish. That fact was fodder for a joke by his Republican opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz, on Monday. During a rally Cruz talked about a time he was asked by a CNN reporter if people should vote for O’Rourke “to have more diversity in the Senate.”
“Is there a shortage of Irishmen in the Senate,” Cruz, who is half Cuban, quipped. O’Rourke has addressed his use of the nickname, saying anyone whose given name ends in “bert,” like Robert, ends up getting called “Beto” in Hispanic communities. Plus it’s handy if you’re running for office.
—QUOTABLE: “You know this in McAllen [Texas] — if you are born Robert, or Albert, or Gilbert, or Umberto — your folks, your friends, your community calls you Beto.” -O’Rourke at an October CNN townhall
Texas senate candidate “Robert” Beto O’Rourke is refusing to share his views about the caravan of Central Americans headed toward the U.S. border. In response to an email from the Daily Caller, the Democrat’s campaign said it does not yet have anything to say on the issue, which is of more than passing importance to the Lone Star State. In a CBS interview, O’Rourke, who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz, said the U.S. should work to improve the living conditions in the Central American countries where the caravan originated. Republicans have pointed to the caravan as exhibit A for the need for better border security, and President Trump has said he’ll send in the military if needed.
—QUOTABLE: “Beto does not yet have a statement about the migrant caravan. Stay tuned…In general, Beto believes that immigrants help our state and country grow strong, safe, and prosperous and wants to ensure that immigrants have a lawful, earned path to citizenship.” -Email from O’Rourke’s campaign
President Trump hit the stump for Ted Cruz in Texas Monday night. The 2016 presidential primary rivals buried the hatchet, and Trump propped up not only Cruz but a bunch of Congressional candidates in the state, too. He aggressively went after Cruz challenger Beto O’Rourke, as well as employing his typical campaign stump rhetoric.
Beto O’Rourke is getting sued. The Texas Democrat senate candidate challenging Sen. Ted Cruz allegedly sent constituents text messages without getting their consent, according to a lawsuit filed in a Northern District of Texas court. The class action lawsuit alleges that plaintiff Sameer Syeed received numerous unsolicited text messages from the Beto for Texas campaign despite multiple attempts to stop them. Sending unsolicited texts is a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. O’Rourke’s campaign—“Beto’s” real name is Robert, by the way—blamed a volunteer for the mix-up.
—QUOTABLE: “I know, I know — I’ve gotten three of them myself. My dad has gotten five…By the third one I was thinking, ‘maybe I should vote for him.’” -Sen. Ted Cruz
Sen. Mazie Hirono won’t say whether harassing senators out in public is going too far. The Hawaii Democrat on Sunday refused to answer a question on CNN probing whether she thinks what happened to Sen. Ted Cruz—who was mobbed out of a restaurant during the heat of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh—is overdoing it by protesters. She dodged the question, but host Dana Bash kept trying to pin her down. Eventually she basically said Republicans are fair targets because…white supremacy.
—QUOTABLE: “You look at white supremacists and all that, this is what’s coming forth in our country, a tremendous divisiveness in our country…This is the kind of activism that occurs and people make their own decisions. If they violate the law, then they have to account for that.” -Hirono on CNN’s “State of the Union”
McConnell’s had enough of the protests. The Senate majority leader angrily denounced “far-left protesters” trying to derail and delay the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. McConnell was talking about a spate of incidents like Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife getting mobbed out of a D.C. restaurant, posting GOP senators’ personal and contact information online, storming offices and crowding hallways in efforts to intimidate the Republicans into backing down. That’s not going to happen, they won’t be scared into backing down, the Kentucky Republican said.
—QUOTABLE: “We’ll not be intimidated by these people. there’s no chance in the world they’re going to scare us from doing our duty.” -McConnell
A Republican congressman says protesters assaulted him in his office. The thugs shoved open the door to Maryland Rep. Andy Harris’s Capitol Hill office on Tuesday, assaulting him, but not injuring him. Media reports state that Harris was trying to hold his office door closed as the crowd of pot smoking demonstrators shoved their way. This comes about a week after Sen. Ted Cruz was mobbed out of a D.C. restaurant by an angry crowd of anti-Kavanaugh thugs.
The owner of a D.C. restaurant that was flooded by left-wing protesters earlier this week says he and his staff and their families are getting death threats. Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife were forced to leave the restaurant when a mob, a branch of the “Antifa” group calling itself “Smash Racism DC,” crowded the place shouting “we believe survivors,” referring to accusations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That event has apparently led to a flood of nasty comments from both sides of the Cruz’s mobbing. But the staff “have shown remarkable grit and calm,” wrote owner Fabio Trabocchi said in a statement. He added his restaurant tries to accommodate patrons regardless of what their political party or views are. Very old fashioned of them.
LA Mayor and possible dem 2020 Presidential Candidate Eric Garcetti says he’s no fan of Ted Cruz, but the heckling the Senator received the other day was uncalled for. Garcetti says people need to be decent, and they need to lay off public figures when they’re out and about with their family. But he also got a few digs in on Trump, saying the Commander in Chief’s language was “laughable” at the United Nations on Tuesday.
Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra Simmons says her support for home-state Senator Ted Cruz is fizzling. She tells TMZ she’s tired of Cruz towing the Republican Party line, and says there’s buzz in her very-conservative suburban enclave that Democrat Beto O’Rourke just might beat the two-time presidential candidate.