Dem Senate candidate in Texas has DWI, burglary arrests

Houston ChronicleDemocratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas has said that in younger days he was twice arrested in his hometown of El Paso--once, he says, for leaping a campus fence and the other time for driving while intoxicated.

Readers have asked us whether the third-term congressman challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has a criminal history. We decided to fact-check mention of the arrests in a 2012 TV ad that also was screenshot for an April 2017 Texas Tribune news story.

In the ad, sponsored by then-U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, text next to what looks like O’Rourke’s mugshot states that the "facts" are that O’Rourke has a "criminal record" including burglary and DWI. The ad’s narrator says O’Rourke "has a criminal record that includes DWI and burglary arrests."

He was arrested for climbing over a fence.

Not surprisingly, he wants to decriminalize climbing over fences. Border fences, that is.

Practically, I'm not sure what the point is. Decriminalizing illegal entry is sort of a Dem wet dream, but in Texas? Are they trying to encourage illegals to vote illegally in the hopes of getting Beto over the last few percent? Are they giving up on his chances of winning and trying to boost fundraising from open borders billionaires?

Given his criminal history, maybe it wasn't the best move for Beto.

UPDATE: That DUI was quite a bit more serious than just having one too many.

This entry was published Wed Aug 29 09:09:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-08-31 21:58:42.0. [Tweet]

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