Ted Cruz Drops Blistering Campaign Ad Accusing O’Rourke of Using Political Office to Help His Own Family

https://www.facebook.com/tedcruzpage/videos/246866259338576/

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 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.

Watch:

Now and Then

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Posted by Ted Cruz on Thursday, October 11, 2018

“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?”

Real Clear Politics polling average shows Cruz up by 6.6 points, with a Quinnipiac poll from October 11 showing Cruz up by nine. Texas voters will decide if they trust Cruz or O’Rourke on November 6.

What do you think?

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  1. The article didn’t tell the rest of the story! Following push back from the people, Beto voted to ban the use of eminent domain for the proposed project.

    After a cursory search, this criticism was used unsuccessfully by his opponent in his last election.

  2. It absolutely needs to change, the threats, the harassment, the hate is becoming a contagious disease in this country. I worry there will be another civil war in this country. It is terrifying to think about this happening. It is going to destroy our country if people do not come together to work on our problems. We can disagree, but to threaten, and label people racist is going nowhere and just causing more hate and division. We are better than this!!! I am a US citizen and I love this country.

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