If you watched Ted Cruz in the 2016 presidential primaries then you know why we want Ted Cruz to be demolished in the 2018 Senate race in Texas. We truly never want to see his smug smile and “know it all attitude” that became overtly obvious in the recent confrontation between Cruz and Sally Yates in the Russia Investigation.
Probably one of Cruz’s biggest faults is his “sense of self aggrandizement” which one sees ooze out of Cruz’s pores daily. I have to include this short video of Cruz and Yates back and forth where Sally Yates let’s Cruz show his ass and crawl away. Cruz begins with “Are you familiar with 8 U.S.C. Section 1182?” using Right Wing Blogs for his sources.
“Not off the top of my head, no,” Yates answered.
“Well, it is the binding statutory authority for the executive order that you refused to implement and that led to your termination so it certainly is a relevant and not terribly obscure statute.” Cruz continued by reading the statute to Yates.
Cruz went on “Would you agree that that is broad statutory authorization?”
“I would, and I am familiar with that and I’m also familiar with an additional provision of the INA that says, ‘No person shall receive preference or be discriminated against in issuance of a VISA because of race, nationality or place of birth,’” Yates responded, educating Cruz on the issue over which he tried to embarrass her.
“That, I believe, was promulgated after the statute that you just quoted. And that’s been part of the discussion with the court with respect to the INA, is whether this more specific statute trumps the first one that you just described,” Yates had just figuratively sent Ted Cruz to stand with his nose in the corner in an implied “time out”.
Sally Yates was beyond prepared and easily proved she was a much more competent lawyer than Cruz could ever be. Yates then went on to say .“But my concern here was not an INA concern, it rather was a constitutional concern. Whether or not the executive order here violated the constitution, specifically with the establishment clause and due process.”
Now Cruz could crawl back into his dark damp hole and disappear from public service. We have not seen or heard from Cruz here in Texas since this incident.
Beto O’Rourke rose to national awareness when he and fellow Texas representative Republican Will Hurd rented a car and made a 1,600 mile drive to Washington D.C. in March this year,when their flights had been grounded do to a major snowstorm.
“At a time where so many people wonder whether our institutions still work, whether members of Congress still listen to the people they represent, whether a Republican and a Democrat can get along and work together. I thought, let’s try to prove the concept,” O’Rourke came up with this strategy when he and Hurd had been stranded after a veterans’ roundtable discussion in San Antonio.
O’Rourke and Hurd were not well acquainted with each other at the beginning of their road trip, but spending so much time together in a car, talking about everything from policy issues to their families and so much more, they quickly realized they had much in common.
O’Rourke stated “I think we came to some common ground. We want to see more people afford health care, but I think we have some differences of opinions on expansion of Medicaid.”
One of the most important things to come out of this road trip was that O’Rourke and Hurd both realized one very important thing. “I’ve learned a lot about Beto,” Hurd stated “We’ve learned that we can work together on a lot more issues than what we have been.”
Beto is a native of El Paso, Texas where he represents the 16th congressional district. No Texas Democrat has won a U.S. Senate seat in nearly 30 years. In an interview with The Texas Tribune O’Rourke stated “Since 1988, when Lloyd Bentsen won re-election to the Senate, Democrats have spent close to a billion dollars on consultants and pollsters and experts and campaign wizards and have performed terribly.”
O’Rourke does not plan on using pollsters or consultants at this point and said he has no interest in hiring any. Just as Bernie Sanders did in his run for President in 2016, Beto plans on building a grass roots campaign. He will try to raise around $30 million in federally mandated $2,700 increments. Then hopefully the campaign committees will invest millions more. At least you would hope so!
However the national Democratic committees are publicly sending a message that the priority in 2018 is to protect the 10 party incumbents in states that Trump won in 2016. It’s time for the DNC to realize that senate seats need to be won in states like Texas. Hopefully the DNC will wake up and expand their strategy to include states who are seeking to overturn Republican held seats.
So now’s the time to spread the word and assist in the campaign for Beto O’Rourke. For anyone like myself that wants to become involved and volunteer or donate to Congressman O’Rourke’s campaign to unseat Ted Cruz to to his campaign website. It’s the “Beto For Senate” campaign website where you can read about the top issues in his campaign including some of the top issues in Texas and the U.S. right now.
One of the driving issues for me right now is the constant assault on the LGBTQ Community by Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the upcoming Texas special session. O’Rourke is going to fight back against any Anti-LGBTQ bills including “Bathroom Bills” and “Religious Exemption” which allow discrimination against not only the LGBTQ Community, but also religions other than Christianity, people of color, single parents, mixed race couples, undocumented immigrants and so many more.
I hope this has helped you become better informed on Rep. Beto O’Rourke and you will become involved now to elect a Democrat from Texas who will fight for everyone no matter race, religion, gender identity or immigration status.