Despite touting socialist-like policies, Texas Democrat congressional nominee Rep. Beto O’Rourke seems to prefer not sharing his wealth, much to the chagrin of other nominees across the nation.
“It’s great that O’Rourke has inspired so many people and raised so much money, and if he can spend it all effectively in Texas, he is well within his rights to do so,” Matthew Miller, a veteran Democrat strategist and Texas native, said to The New York Times last week.
The problem is that the polls continue to show O’Rourke trailing leagues behind Sen. Ted Cruz, whom he seeks to unseat. The chances of him eking out a victory appear so low that some argue he should redistribute some of the $38 million he’s raised in the last three months to other nominees in need.
“[H]e could have a huge impact for the party by sharing some of it with the D.S.C.C. so it could be spent in states where candidates just need a little extra to get over the hump,” Miller added, referencing the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Miller isn’t the only Democrat who feels this way. Paul Kane, a liberal who poses as a “reporter” for The Washington Post, also believes O’Rourke should share, as do others on social media:
The reality is Beto now has more $$$ than he could possibly need for his campaign. He should probably be transferring millions to TX Dem Party & others to help other Dem candidates.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) October 12, 2018
How about you share some of those millions with the women democratic candidates to help flip the senate blue?
— Roslyn Metchis (@Roslynbooks) October 14, 2018
Share the largesse Beto.
— Nance & Moose (@teevagirl) October 14, 2018
— raphy (@RaphyJacobson) October 12, 2018
It isn’t, but with Beto having raised $38 million in the last quarter alone, we’re well past the point of diminishing returns. There just isn’t much more he can gain from all that extra money, whereas some red-state incumbent Dems might stand to benefit from a share of that money
— sp??k’s pest control (@atlsportscholar) October 12, 2018
Hey @BetoORourke, you should spend your $38.1 million to pay your grassroots headquarters organizers and other volunteers.
These people are spending so much time working for you, often an equivalent of a second job, and they’re spending their own money doing it.
— Spencer Bounds (@Spencer4Texas) October 13, 2018
Adding to the growing animosity against the senatorial hopeful is that he and his allies haven’t just been fundraising in Texas — they’ve also been fundraising in other states like Missouri, where incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill faces an uphill battle against current state Attorney General Josh Hawley and could therefore use the money he’s been snatching up.
— Greg Holman (@GregHolmanNL) October 12, 2018
The ironic is that the seemingly greedy Senate nominee appears to be a lightweight socialist. When asked recently by a BBC reporter whether or not he supports socialist principles like the common ownership of the means of production, he reportedly played “coy.”
“It is hard to think of another mainstream US politician who would answer with anything other than the word ‘no,'” BBC News journalist James Cook reported in shock earlier this month.
“But even given several chances, Mr O’Rourke does not disavow socialism as a creed, instead insisting ‘the party labels just do not matter anymore. I’m convinced of it. It’s not Republican or Democrat. It’s Texan and American and that’s what we’re standing for in this campaign.'”
Yet when it comes to his own money, he seems to prefer acting like a greedy capitalist pig, oink oink, not that there’s anything remotely wrong with that. It’s just ironic, is all, not that conservatives mind:
As a conservative Texan who knows the likelihood of Beto winning, I can’t express how glad I am that Dems all around the country wasted tens of millions of dollars on his campaign.
— Jonathan Smith (@Archimusik) October 12, 2018
Beto is a gift to Republicans. He is attracting millions of dollars of campaign donations that otherwise may have gone to highly competitive races. The dem money is being overallocated to a losing cause. Keep it up Beto!! ??
— Still like beer ? (@UVIL1991) October 13, 2018
Beto O’Rourke’s campaign will be remembered for decades.
Not because it was successful, but because Democrats figured out a way to waste millions of dollars on a moron who posts videos of himself playing air guitar and uses a skateboard as a means of transportation.
— Zachary Miller (@_ZacharyMiller) October 13, 2018
As to why O’Rourke is acting “selfish,” there’s a theory that he’s planning to run for the presidency:
Clearly Beto is going to lose to the Lizard Man. So why won’t he share the largess donors have bestowed on him? Does he want more Democrats elected to the Senate? Or does he want to further his own aim: a place in the national spotlight with perhaps a run for the presidency? https://t.co/i0iANun1z9
— David J. Montgomery (@djmont) October 13, 2018
Good luck with that …
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