Texas Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke just made a bombshell announcement Tuesday that has Republicans in full panic mode.
Rep. O’Rourke is running to unseat failed presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz in the 2016 midterm elections. He easily won the Democratic primary in early March, and his campaign has continued to pick up steam ever since.
Sen. Cruz, meanwhile, has stumbled out of the gates in his reelection bid. The day after Rep. O’Rourke won his primary, Cruz faced immediate backlash over a radio ad he released that mocked O’Rourke’s nickname and challenged his manhood.
Rep. O’Rourke, meanwhile, has taken the high road and refused to be dragged into the gutter where Sen. Cruz and the Republicans would prefer to wage this battle. And it’s not just his words that he’s managed to keep above the fray. Rep. O’Rourke has so far refused to take any Political Action Committee (PAC) money to run his campaign, freeing him from special interests and the kind of soft money that often disguises the true identities of dubious donors.
Which makes today’s bombshell news even more remarkable. The Daily Beast was the first to report that Rep. O’Rourke’s campaign has raised almost $7 million in the first quarter of 2018, and they’ve done so with small to medium sized donations.
“We’re absolutely running this race the right way—not taking any PAC money, going to every single county and holding town halls across Texas where anyone can ask any question,” his statement to The Daily Beast reads.
His filings show that he raised $6.7 million from 141,000 contributions, which he says demonstrates that his campaign is “powered by people who are standing up to special interests, proving that we are more than a match and making it clear that Texans are willing to do exactly what our state and country need of us at this critical time.”
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and so far, the Democrat from El Paso is proving that he’s more than ready to live up to his state’s standards.