Democrat Beto O’Rourke, running for the U.S. Senate in Texas, is known to hold up his mother, Melissa O’Rourke, as a lifelong Republican that he has convinced to vote for him.
“I am the son of a Republican mother who we have convinced to vote for me in this election,” O’Rourke touted at an event over the weekend, according to CNN.
But as is the case with too many Democrats these days, things aren’t exactly as they appear.
Turns out, CNN reported that his mother “has largely voted in Democratic primaries in Texas since 2000, and she has donated money to candidates from both parties.”
In 2012, Mrs. O’Rourke donated to Republicans Mitt Romney and Sen. Ted Cruz, her son’s opponent, but she also donated to Barack Obama’ 2008 presidential campaign.
She has also voted in far more Democratic primaries that Republican — Texas is an open primary state.
O'Rourke keeps talking about his "lifelong Republican mom."
His mom voted in Democratic primaries in 15 of the last 17 primary elections, including Democratic party primaries in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016 that included presidential primaries.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2018
Voting records from the El Paso County Elections Department shows she’s voted in Democratic primaries in 15 of the last 17 primary elections she has participated, and only voted in the Republican Party primary twice, in 2006 and 2010 midterms.
The report on his mother comes as O’Rourke debated Cruz Tuesday night, and by the looks of things, the media darling Democrat came up short in a must-win situation.
Beto O'Rourke needed a blockbuster performance tonight.
He landed a few punches. But Ted Cruz landed more — many more.
3 weeks from Election Day, debate does nothing to change the trajectory of #TXSEN — Cruz comfortably ahead, Beto running out of time.
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) October 17, 2018
While flush with cash, much of it from outside the state, O’Rourke appears to have hit a wall in his hopes of unseating Cruz, and social media certainly didn’t help his cause much here, although some were willing to consider that his mother could be 1/1024th Republican.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Beto: My mother is a ‘lifelong Republican’ y’all!
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 16, 2018
The avatar of Truth, Justice, the American Way and American Renewal…lying?! No way! https://t.co/lFHC86zqop
— HumphreyBohun (@HumphreyBohun) October 17, 2018
Maybe she’s 1/1024th Republican?
— Dan Goldwasser (@dgoldwas) October 16, 2018
Also, whose mother wouldn’t support them in something like this? I don’t know that “my mom likes me” is a convincing strategy.
— Navigator (@ItsGoneAwry) October 16, 2018
A man who would lie about his own mother… https://t.co/WkZBWmB1QA
— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) October 17, 2018
This guy lies just like a Clinton
— Billiam M (@Myrman71) October 17, 2018
Also pretty lame to use your mom as a political tool https://t.co/08LGM7HiJ5
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) October 16, 2018
"Boy stop fibbing"- Beto's mother https://t.co/1BOYXUFXOH
— Marcus (@smithma388) October 16, 2018
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