Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is playing for keeps with his latest campaign ad blasting his opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) for some “shady” actions during his time as a councilman for El Paso.
Rep. O’Rourke has made campaign finance issues a major part of his campaign, focusing many of his campaign ads on the fact that Cruz accepts PAC money to his campaign and, in his opinion, is controlled by other interests.
While one super PAC alone just announced they'd be spending upwards of one million dollars against us, our grassroots effort continues to run a people-powered campaign without a dime from PACs. pic.twitter.com/hqFcDJLly0
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 30, 2018
With Beto, we’ll never have to wonder whether he’s voting for a PAC or for people. It’ll be people every single time. https://t.co/NcyNEo9Evk
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 21, 2018
While O’Rourke may be insinuating that Cruz is beholden to special interests, it appears as though he may have had some less-than-ethical transactions of his own.
In a blistering new campaign ad, Cruz pulled footage of concerned El Paso residents expressing frustration with an eminent domain vote cast by then-Councilman O’Rourke.
Cruz pointed to an article by the Texas Observer from 2007 that explained the plight of El Paso residents set to lose their homes to eminent domain as the city pushed to expand their downtown center.
Much of the expansion was expected to be completed by Bill Sanders, O’Rourke’s father-in-law. Many wanted O’Rourke to recuse himself from several key votes on the issue, but he did not, stating that there was no conflict of interest because Sanders planned to donate any money he made off the deal.
That sentiment was never put in writing and many of O’Rourke’s El Paso constituents were not happy.
“The residents are all back again today as you ask they be, granted you already made your decision, but they’re asking that you reconsider this ordinance and they’re asking that Rep. O’Rourke to recuse himself from the votes as he should have not have voted last week.”
The ad shows several families pleading with O’Rourke to reconsider the vote and spare their homes.
One woman confronted O’Rourke, saying that the plan was only for his “own father-in-law.”
O’Rourke responded, “No. Okay. That’s your opinion.”
“No, that’s not just my opinion,” responded the woman, “I’m telling you what’s going on here.”
Another woman stated, “We feel betrayed and we feel sad, especially with Mr. Beto because we supported him not one time, but twice.”
The ad ends with the question: “If Beto O’Rourke’s own El Paso constituents couldn’t trust him, then, why would the rest of Texas trust him now?”