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Is This a Joke? Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign Keeps Texting Republican Activists Asking for Support

Is This a Joke? Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign Keeps Texting Republican Activists Asking for Support

Voter affinity. How does it work?

This is a lesson in buying bad data, one that’s at least mildly humorous.

Sen. Cruz’s Democrat challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, keeps texting right-leaning individuals who are politically active asking for their help. Not Rep. O’Rourke personally, of course, but his campaign.

I’ve received two such text messages.

The first was properly addressed to moi. The second was not:

I thought it was just me until I started seeing friends and friends of friends post the same boilerplate text message, all of which were incorrectly addressed (hilariously so), and/or sent to the exact wrong target audience.

The best though? One of Sen. Cruz’s long-time campaign staff also received the canned text message. Also of note, his name is not Theresa:

No list is perfect and most need substantial cleaning, but the consistency of O’Rourke campaign texts to hardcore Cruz supporters reeks of amateurish campaign work.

And to think, O’Rourke’s campaign probably spent an awful lot of hard-raised out of state cash on that list too.


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DieJustAsHappy | July 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Ought to text him back: “Yep, you can count on my vote … for Ted Cruz!”

Great opportunity to spy on the enemy.

Maybe they’re pretending to take that “big tent” thing seriously.

Beto is a nickname, or in this case a steak name. I think we should use his real name, as in on his birth certificate.

Beto is a nickname, or in this case a stage name. I think we should use his real name, as in on his birth certificate.

    redc1c4 in reply to beagleEar. | July 10, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    you mean “Bendejo”? 😎

    jimb82 in reply to beagleEar. | July 10, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I believe it’s Robert Francis O’Rourke.

    Milhouse in reply to beagleEar. | July 11, 2018 at 12:05 am

    It’s not a stage name, it’s his genuine nickname, which he’s had since he was a baby, long before he’d ever heard of politics let alone thought of entering it. “Rob” was the “stage name” he used while at college, in order to fit in there.

      V.Lombardi in reply to Milhouse. | July 11, 2018 at 5:29 am

      It’s childish.

        Tom Servo in reply to V.Lombardi. | July 11, 2018 at 7:53 am

        It’s pointless, that’s what it is. It’s an Irish guy trying to pretend he’s hispanic so he can use identity politics for his political purposes.

        He has a huge flaw in his campaign, which he and his backers haven’t even seen yet. (I imagine it will hit them the day after the election) The flaw is, by focusing his campaign on hispanics and the LGBT community, he has completely ignored the Black community. Whenever that has happened to any dem campaign in the past, black voters have generally stayed home. This is why the polls of registered voters are so misleading right now – they cannot foresee the turnout disaster for Texas Dems that Beto’s campaign is creating.

        and don’t even mention the Lupe Valdez campaign, which is so incompetent that it is actually driving voters away.

        I’m continually tempted to say that this is just Wendy Davis all over again, but in fact Wendy had a far more professional and well run campaign than either of these jokers have.

          Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | July 11, 2018 at 10:19 am

          Except that it’s not true. He did not adopt this nickname in order to appear Hispanic; he’s had it since he was a baby, long before he could have cared such things.

          Cruz, on the other hand, consciously adopted his nickname “Ted” in order to appear non-Hispanic. Not with an eye to a future political career, but still with more conscious image-mindedness than O’Rourke had.

Sign up to canvass, but first ask if they pay a living wage.

There is a certain logic. It’s a safe assumption he already has the left wing in his corner. If he wants to make progress he has to pry voters from Cruz. And he’s trying.

I think they are purposely trying to harass and tie up the time of Cruz’s supporters.

(((Boogs))) | July 10, 2018 at 8:27 pm

Can blame this dummy. Every network he watches feature Never Trumpers as if they’re the only Republicans that exist. Dummy probably thinks that’s about right. Remember this kid called for banning AR-15s. He doesn’t even know what state he lives in.

It was me. I sold them that contact list. Naughty Fen, I know. But sometimes I just can’t help myself when the wife goes out of town.

The good news is that Cacafornia is flooding Beta’s coffers with money. So, less money for regressive candidates that stand an actual chance of winning. Beta’s going nowhere in Texas. But don’t tell the dumbasses on the Left.

Yes, Beto is a joke. Not a very funny one, though.

I see they’re keeping to the latest dem talking point and calling us a democracy instead of a republic.
Text them back and tell them if we were a democracy hildabeast would have won the election.
They keep pushing the democracy bullsheet instead of being a republic knowing how their stupid core base will believe the lie.

    DDsModernLife in reply to 4fun. | July 10, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I logged-in just to tell Beto, “Good luck restoring democracy to our Republic.”

    He’s the Texas version of Pajama Boy, just like Jon Ossoff in Georgia. In that case, I felt a certain degree of satisfaction to know what a money-pit HE was for his Dem donors.

This should be illegal. I’ve received 3 texts from Beta Boy. I haven’t given my cell number to any political campaign. These are unsolicited texts. Anyone know if this can be reported to some gov bureaucracy?

Anyway I came out to vote for our Pres for the time ever. Beta Boy is gonna make me come out to vote again straight ticket Republican this midterm election.

    Milhouse in reply to c0cac0la. | July 11, 2018 at 12:08 am

    It’s legal and cannot be reported to anyone. Even if you’re on the Do Not Call list, political campaigns are exempt. They have to be, since political communication gets the maximum first amendment protection.

      txvet2 in reply to Milhouse. | July 11, 2018 at 1:28 am

      That’s why it’s nice to have a phone with its own blocking software.

      quiksilverz24 in reply to Milhouse. | July 11, 2018 at 9:29 am

      That’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard, Milhouse. Sure, you have the right to free political communication. And I have the freedom to not be forced to listen to it. Do you want to set up the reeducation camps to force me to listen to your blathering political speech?

        He’s right: political campaigns are exempt from “Do Not Call” lists. Those lists are government lists, and the First Amendment says government cannot block political speech.

        If you don’t want to listen, you have to do the blocking / filtering on your own…without government assistance.

        Milhouse in reply to quiksilverz24. | July 11, 2018 at 10:22 am

        Nobody is forcing you to listen. But you do not have the right to forcibly prevent them from talking to you. Just as when you walk on the street anybody has the right to say anything to you, and the onus is on you to ignore them, the same is true on your phone. They can call you, and you can hang up, or not answer, or block them.

      WyleECoyote in reply to Milhouse. | July 12, 2018 at 12:56 am

      Political campaigns are no longer exempt, per the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The FCC website explains it. BUT, I think these are probably legal. Autodialed or robocalled texts are not legal, unless you have given consent to the campaign to be contacted. For those, complaints can be made to the FCC. The burden of proof that you consented is on the campaign, not on the recipient. I don’t think these texts are autodialed (AKA robocalls), so I think Beto is in the clear. I don’t know how to put up a link here, but if you google “tcpa and political calls,” it will pull right up.

    V.Lombardi in reply to c0cac0la. | July 11, 2018 at 5:34 am

    It is improper to send those messages.

Dear Beta,

Is it true that you’re for open borders and gun confiscation? Yes? Then fuck you and your buck teeth, very much.

Yours truly,


He looks like Napoleon Dynamite.

I wonder if his Handlers know that?

theduchessofkitty | July 11, 2018 at 12:12 am

He thinks he can win with only the downtown TX crowd. He’s ignoring how VAST this state is – and how the people here think.

Poor bloke. He’s not very smart.

So that’s who’s been fattening up my “blocked” list lately.

On par with schumer whining trump didnt consulthim on his supreme court pick.

Has Beta Beto ever seen a dentist?

No doubt the immature leftist candidate does not think unions or any other entities that support democrats need to be eliminated from influence.

What about CAN-SPAM?

Oh, that’s right, I forgot, Butthead is included in a protected class.

    Milhouse in reply to CiLH. | July 11, 2018 at 10:25 am

    CAN SPAM only applies to commercial speech, and even that is only allowed because the Supreme Court, for now, pretends that commercial speech is not fully protected by the first amendment. Political messages are fully protected, so applying CAN SPAM to them would be unconstitutional.

andyintexas | July 11, 2018 at 7:35 am

I have received many of these, each addressed to various “volunteers”. What’s unique is that all of the get out the vote events are in the Austin area. It’s as if the rest of Texas doesn’t exist in BetaWorld.

Why not send vote solicitation messages to folks in the other camp? Why surrender any votes? Why not solicit everyone?

I’ve gotten those a few times. I engage with the sender, generally by saying something such as “No, he is too much of a socialist for me. Between he and Cruz I might not bother to vote this time.”

They respond. And you can engage them in passing messages back and forth as they try to convince you for their hero.

Cruz could take a lesson from this. He is not as easily engaged, and the spread between the two of them should be much greater than it is. His “stand-offishness” is a big drawing card for the Beto vote, and they will make even more inroads if they are not challenged at the local level.

    Milhouse in reply to ss396. | July 11, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Why not solicit everyone? Because it’s a waste of resources. Every minute those people spend talking to you is a minute they’re not talking to someone they might actually persuade.

    Kemberlee Kaye in reply to ss396. | July 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Because it’s a waste of time and money when you could be targeting individuals far more likely to vote for your candidate. No campaign wants to waste their time and money on people who absolutely will not support their candidate. They’re always looking for the sweet spot of persuadable, but not yet committed voters and working to ensure those who do support their candidate show up to cast a ballot.

Beto needs to drop out now and save a lot more money. No self respecting Texan would consider voting for anyone but Cruz. Not even for an instant.