As Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-16) wages a longshot challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz (R), “many wonder why he's giving up a rising-star congressional career and safe seat in his native El Paso for a race that looks unwinnable. … If it's a suicide mission, O'Rourke's campaign is a colorful one, with lively, occasionally profane rhetoric and attention-getting events that sometimes seem as much about partying as policy.”
“O'Rourke's campaign has refused outside political money and doesn't employ consultants. Before announcing his Senate run, O'Rourke called” DSCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen “about possible financial help.”
"He said, 'Hey Beto, I've got to tell you, from the DSCC's perspective, I would be fired for malpractice if I invested any money in Texas,'" O'Rourke recalled.
“O'Rourke pledges to campaign in each of Texas' 254 counties before the election.” (AP)