Ex-punk-rocker O ‘ Rourke launches longshot bid against Cruz


A former punk rocker who needs a powerful excited to win his congressional seat six years ago, drag to overthrow a larger, powerful Sen. Ted Cruz.

Beto O’rourke, a 44-year-old Democrat from the remote West Texas town of El Paso, has become for the legalization of marijuana, and tolerance of the sermon on the US-Mexican border, despite President Donald Trump’s “the wall” – mantra

On Friday, O’rourke should officially his 2018 Senate candidacy proclaim Cruz, a conservative, is the ready-to-second trump in the last year, the GOP presidential primary.

The third-term Congress speak to a member of Parliament and fluent in Spanish, is the nature of the rising political star Democrats hope can help you, begin to turn deep red Texas blue, by a boom of Hispanic ends of the slid population and the country’s policy, and still further to the right by Trump and Cruz. He first made a name for himself in the guitar-play for Foss, an El Paso-punk-rock-band, including drummer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who went on to play for the Grammy Award-winning act The Mars Volta.

But before O’rourke challenge for Cruz, he will have the might of a Democratic primary field, as well as other up-and-comer fellow Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio.

“The Trump Factor. He is the gift that keeps Democrats in Texas,” said state democratic party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. “It is energizing to the base and changed the whole dynamics of elections, politics here, and that is what these two guys see that.”

It is hard to imagine that any Democrat, Texas, of storm, much less overthrow Cruz, who added to his national stature to run for President, while remaining popular in most GOP circles back home. A Democrat has not won statewide office in Texas in the 23 years, the nation’s longest losing streak by a political party.

Still, O’rourke is Cruz is beatable and there are some positive signs for Democrats in the November ballot races in Harris County, which includes Houston swept down, and made notable gains in other fast-growing areas. Trump even Hillary Clinton beat Texas by 9 percentage points-but this was the first time a Republican not to carry the state in the two-digit since 1996.

Castro has not speculation, clogged down, he runs for the Senate and would be favored over O’rourke. Both have crisscrossed the state, engaging top donors and party activists. Hinojosa says he’s provided Castro with the help of his twin brother, Julian, the former San Antonio mayor, was President Barack Obama’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary.

In the case of the recovery alone, O’Roruke an unlikely choice, but he was an outsider.

O’rourke was elected to the El Paso City Council at the age of 32, but remained almost unknown outside his home town until the 2012 primaries, when he ousted eight-term Rep. Silvestre Reyes, former house Intelligence Chairman.

His El Paso County district is heavily democratic, General elections, because then a latecomer. The dynamics of the whole race differently in the Senate: Even if O’rourke survived a dogfight primary, beating Cruz would be much harder.

“I think the story shows, if he decides to do this, he will spend all his energy, time and resources to the “first choice,” said Jose Rodriguez, a state senator from El Paso, which has past, O’rourke Congress-sponsors hosted. “There are indicators that people are tired of what is going on with the current government (and) the nature of the campaign, Ted Cruz, ran.”

O’rourke, a proponent of the legalization of pot is a long slow war against drugs for the years Ciudad Juarez turned, across the border from El Paso, in one of the world’s most deadly places. He is author of the 2011 book, “death and drugs,” which argued that America’s war failed against the drug.

O ‘ Rourke, was arrested in 1995 for breaking and entering after jumping a fence at the University of Texas at El Paso, during what he now says was a joke, but prosecutors rejected the case. Three years later, O’rourke was arrested for drunk driving and was deferred to avoid adjudication, conviction, an incident he called a mistake.

His father was a former El Paso County judge and a longtime Democrat, switched parties in 1996 to run unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican. The younger O’rourke is an outspoken advocate for bipartisanship, saying both parties should work together for the promotion of trade and cultural exchange on the border.

When a snow storm cancelled flights to Washington, this month, O’rourke and Republican Rep. Hurd Will be in a large Texas district, next to, spent 36 hours driving a rented Chevy Impala from San Antonio, the nation’s capital, live streaming much of the way. The couple was beat an internet sensation, during the hours of listening, Johnny Cash, Whataburger, and together, the opposing trump border wall.

There is widespread speculation that Cruz was threatened with a GOP primary challenge for the slowly cheap trump card-in the last autumn-but a lot is missing since Cruz has been a vocal supporter of trump after the November. Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier declined to comment to O’rourke enters the race to the 2018 Senate.

Perhaps tellingly, Cruz sometimes has the Castro brothers for the past, raised criticism. He did not specifically O’rourke, at least not yet.

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