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Beto O’Rourke Gets Max Donation from Hollywood Liberal in Texas Senate Race

Beto O’Rourke Gets Max Donation from Hollywood Liberal in Texas Senate Race

Attempts to purple the hue of the Lone Star State are seldom homegrown

While the 2018 Texas Senate race is slowly simmering on the backburner, fundraising and campaign efforts on the ground are in full swing. Beto O’Rourke, the young Democrat Congressman from El Paso has emerged as the only challenger to incumbent Sen. Cruz thus far.

Thanks to social media, O’Rourke landed on the radar of one of Hollywood’s most vocal left-wingers — Rosie O’Donnell. O’Donnell proudly tweeted her support for O’Rourke and boasted giving the max contribution to his campaign.

To which Ted Cruz responded:

And he’s right. Attempts to purple the hue of the Lone Star State are seldom homegrown and usually envisioned by coastal elites or political consultancies outside of Texas borders.

After President Obama won re-election in 2012, several of his former campaign hotshots organized Battleground Texas, a group with the goal of turning Texas blue. Taking the Obama for America (OFA) blueprint, they planned to work with local grassroots folk, register a boatload of voters, and with an amazing amount of (mostly out of state) funding, sweat equity, and patience, eventually turn Texas blue.

Millions of dollars later, the best out-of-state talent available and Battleground Texas has little to show for four year’s worth of work. Wendy Davis suffered an embarrassing loss to Governor Abbott in 2014, and the group is increasingly at odds with local Democrats.

Texans might slowly warm up to O’Rourke, and they might not, but if the past is an indicator, outside efforts are futile in the stubbornly red former Republic.

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Walker Evans | June 6, 2017 at 4:19 pm

O’Rourke had best start to distance himself from Rosie ASAP! Having her on your side is the Kiss of Death for a politician.

    I literally LOL’d upon reading that he has Rosie as a big donor.
    These coastal progs hate Texas and want to “turn it blue” so badly it hurts them. Yet they have NO CLUE what makes Texans tick. If they did, they’d realize that having Rosie as a big donor will actually take votes away from Beta O’Toole.

Colonel Travis | June 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Senate has a 90% incumbent re-election rate, Texas is blood red except in some urban hellholes. Even Harris Co. (Houston) voted for Cruz last time.

Please, leftists, keep flushing your money down this toilet.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm

Oh let them kiss, let them French kiss even –
said in my best Bert Lahr impersonation.

If the illegal immigration is not stopped, Texas could go purple in 2024 or so, don’t be naive. Look at the voting from 2016 and you will see large swaths of blue in our red state, especially the south and big cities.

    Colonel Travis in reply to gonzotx. | June 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Texas will not go purple in 2024. The large swaths of blue have been in the same places in every election for decades, not just 2016. Entire Rio Grande Valley hasn’t voted (R) I don’t think ever. Trump won just about as many counties in 2016 as Reagan did in his landslide 1984 win, and Trump had dozens more solid red counties. Reagan had a lot of pink ones.

    The current governor isn’t a pansy on immigration like the last one. And since Trump has been elected, illegal crossings on the entire SW border have gone down 76 percent.

    Illegals can’t get a driver’s license in Texas like they can in Calif., so that can’t be used as photo ID at a voting booth. I’m not saying illegals don’t vote in Texas, but a lady in Texas just got 8 years in jail for voting as an illegal.

    All this stuff does not go unnoticed to people thinking about coming here illegally, or who are already here. Right now it’s harder for illegals to influence Texas than ever.

    RickCaird in reply to gonzotx. | June 8, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Houston flipped this year. It is probably as much about New Orleans and Katrina as it is about immigration. However, if illegal immigrants did vote, arrest them, jail them, and send them home.

it’s cultural appropriation as Beto is Hispanic and O’Rourke is NOT Hispanic

I guess I’ll have to go ahead and give Senator Cruz some money NOW- I’d planned on waiting a while, but oh, well…..

Money, money, money… several hundred million for Obama in unmarked credits and now this.

We will see about Texas, but Ondonlove our Governor Abbott

Boy phone went crazy, “I so love our Governor Abbott”!

bill melater | June 6, 2017 at 10:12 pm

David Block-his mother is not Hispanic