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Cruz, O'Rourke Parents Hit Campaign Trail

The series of O'Rourke media profiles have lacked some context.

Nia Prater
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Sept. 12, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D) mother Melissa hit the campaign trail in Plainview on Saturday.

“Melissa O'Rourke fielded questions and talked about key topics such as education, veteran support and immigration while she had coffee at The Brew Coffee Shop in Downtown Plainview.”

Melissa: “I'm so happy to see people so fired up and wanting to help." (Plainview Daily Herald)

In Brownwood, Rafael Cruz campaigned for his son, Sen. Ted Cruz (R), at the Brownwood Country Club on Tuesday.

Rafael: “America is the last bastion of freedom in the world and Texas is America on steroids. If we lose Texas, then we lose America. This is ground zero. ...We need to make sure next time around, when the legislature convenes in January, it’s going to be much stronger, conservative and we’re finally going to get the right bills passed in both houses.”

“Brownwood was Cruz’s third stop of the day, riding from campaign stop to campaign stop in their self-style ‘Cruz Cruiser.’” (Brownwood Bulletin)

O’ROURKE. Recent profiles of O’Rourke have lacked context surrounding the congressman’s defeat of Silvestre Reyes, a 16-year incumbent in the seat.

“Reyes had support from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton, but O’Rourke didn’t win because of anti-establishment fervor. He was the preferred choice of an influential group of local elected officials. Former state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh and former El Paso Mayor Ray Caballero led a movement to elect more liberal Democrats to state and local office and created a powerful political machine. Defeating an old guard politician like Reyes was just a continuation of the plan, and O’Rourke was in place to do it.”

While O’Rourke takes an anti-PAC money stance during his present campaign, the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a PAC funded in part by his father-in-law, spent $240,000 against Reyes during that race. (Roll Call)

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