Texas, a state known for conservative values, gun rights, free market, and the oil industry is heating up in the Senate Race. Incumbent Ted Cruz, a staunch defender of the Constitution, is in a battle with progressive Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke. According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the 2018 Texas Senate race now holds the all-time record for most money spent by candidates in a Senate election.
Prior to his life as a government official, O’Rourke lived in New York for a few years where he was employed as a live in nanny in Manhattan before returning to Texas. He was also a bassist in a punk Rock band. O’Rourke’s prior arrest record was also made public when the Texas GOP shared his mugshot stating, “There’s always the chance that Robert “Beto” O’Rourke won’t debate Senator Cruz because he got into a hazy situation…”
According to Wikipedia: “O’Rourke was arrested by University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) police in 1995 on burglary charges after jumping a fence on the university’s property. The UTEP police department later declined to pursue charges.O’Rourke was arrested, after a crash in Anthony, Texas at 3:00 a.m. on September 27, 1998, for driving while intoxicated (DWI), but the charges were dismissed in 1999 after he completed a court-recommended DWI program. He has publicly discussed the incident since that time and has apologized for it.”
Who is O’Rourke? Who is funding him? What exactly does his platform say? His website, points to a man who is an advocate of open borders, and huge government. In addition to normal fund raising efforts, he is also receiving funding from several Universities not connected with the State of Texas. Funding for Robert Francis senate campaign, where he has raised $69,099,704 comes from various sources. Below are a few of his major contributors.
|University of California||$81,616|
This above list begs the question, why are out of state Universities helping fund this candidate? How does O’Rourke’s campaign benefit these universities should he become elected? O’Rourke wants to stop funding for private schools. However, his policy would make it virtually impossible for private schools to give grants to underfunded students to attend private schools. In addition, he wants to increase public funding for low income and underserved communities; however, does not indicate how he intends to fund this endeavor.
His support for open borders, and larger government leads one to believe that these universities are supporting a more socialistic type society. Are these universities hoping to curb public policy on gun control?
Another interesting question to be raised are the technology companies supporting the campaign of O’Rourke. Alphabet, a google company, Microsoft, Dell Facebook, Apple, Amazon. What vested interest do these companies have in supporting the progressive campaign?