In 1998 the rock band The Offspring released the song “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)”.
While today they may not be able to make this song, in yesteryear the song might well have chronicled the early life of Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
Whats In A Name?
For starters “Beto” is a Hispanic nickname for men normally named Roberto. But Robert Francis O’Rourke is not Hispanic at all. In fact, he is Irish.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a 26-member group established in 1976 and currently chaired by U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Edinburg, includes as its goals “voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,” according to the organization’s mission statement. It also includes task forces on civil rights, education and labor, and diversity and inclusion.
O’Rourke, whose nickname is popular among Latinos, is not a member because he lacks Hispanic heritage. The exclusion comes despite the fact that O’Rourke — who beat eight-term House member and former CHC Chairman Silvestre Reyes — represents a district that is 80 percent Hispanic and whose voting-age population is 77.6 Hispanic, according to 2010 U.S. census figures.
Kristian Ramos, the CHC’s communications director, said he couldn’t speak to the growing demographics and how it relates to CHC membership. He said instead that the rules are what they are.
“For us, we have to have Hispanic descent to be in the caucus,” he said. “This is a simple case of the bylaws are what the bylaws are.” Ramos added that he had no knowledge of any previous or current attempts by lawmakers to change the requirements for admission. He said he could also not speak to what would happen if someone asked to change the requirements until that happened and the members were consulted.
O’Rourke may be the Rachel Dolezal of Hispanics.
Aside from his cultural appropriation, Beto has another problem. He’s a criminal.
State and local police reports obtained by the Chronicle and Express-News show that O’Rourke was driving drunk at what a witness called “a high rate of speed” in a 75 mph zone on Interstate 10 about a mile from the New Mexico border. He lost control and hit a truck, sending his car careening across the center median into oncoming lanes. The witness, who stopped at the scene, later told police that O’Rourke had tried to drive away from the scene.
O’Rourke recorded a 0.136 and 0.134 on police breathalyzers, above a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, the state legal limit at the time. He was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI, but completed a court-approved diversion program and had the charges dismissed.
The law enforcement reports show two elements of the incident that have been overlooked: that there was a crash involved, and that O’Rourke allegedly attempted to flee.
That is not O’Rourke’s only run-in with the law.
As the Dallas Morning News uncovered:
O’Rourke was also arrested in 1995 on a misdemeanor burglary charge after jumping a fence at the University of Texas-El Paso. Prosecutors declined to pursue that case.
Opponent brought up both arrests during O’Rourke’s campaigns for El Paso City Council and Congress.
On Tuesday, the Texas GOP tweeted out O’Rourke’s arrest mugshot, intending to muddy his image.
O’Rourke response to the incidents:
“It was something that I did, and I hope in those 20 years I have been able to contribute to this community. But there is just no excusing for that.”
Democrats want forgiveness for 20-year-old college-era sins. But 36-year-old unproven accusations from high school against a Republican present legitimate fodder.
More Beto $henanigans
In 2013 Congressman O’Rourke violated a warning from the House Ethics Committee about participating in Initial Public Offerings (IPO), since many of the transactions are not available to the general public.
O’Rourke played the rebel, and disregarded the warning, as Roll Call details:
Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, reported in periodic transaction reports that he and his spouse took part in numerous IPOs often buying and selling on the same day as the public offering. These included:
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of Palo Alto Networks sold on 5/16. (IPO in July 2012)
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of Third PT REins LTD bought on 8/15.
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of Noodles & Company sold on 6/28, although there was no reported purchase.
Between $1,000 and $15,000 in RetailMenot Ins. Services bought and sold on 7/18.
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of Phillips 66 Partners LP bought on 7/23 and sold on 7/24.
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of Pandora Media bought and sold on 9/19. (IPO in June 2011)
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of Plains GP Holdings LP bought on 10/16. Spouse only.
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of MIH Coinvestors sold on 10/18, although there was no reported purchase. It may relate to GP Holdings LP. Spouse only.
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of Surgical Care Affiliates bought on 10/30.
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of 58 Com Inc. bought and sold on 10/31.
Between $1,000 and $15,000 of Twitter Inc. bought and sold on 11/7.
Legistorm first reported that O’Rourke had made at least $4,800 profit so far on the transactions. It reported that O’Rourke has contacted the House Ethics Committee and that O’Rourke stated he has “instructed our broker to stop any further transactions.
The trade that caught everyone’s attention was Twitter.
O’Rourke reported to the House Ethics Committee this week that his participation may have violated a new law aimed at stopping members of Congress from engaging in certain stock transactions and getting special deals. He told the newspaper he didn’t see a November House memo that urged caution about participating in IPOs.
But O’Rourke said that after contacting the ethics committee to report the possible violation, he was left unsure whether he actually broke the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act passed in 2012.
O’Rourke told the El Paso Times that he did not know that his stockbroker, whom he has used since 2003, had planned to participate in the Twitter sale. He said he doesn’t have any greater access to IPOs than any other clients of his stockbroker, who O’Rourke said has previously made investments and not told him about it until later.
Anyone who has ever filed income taxes knows if there is an error in a person’s 1040 form, the IRS is not going to the accountant who prepared the statements, but to the person whose name is on the return. It’s also known as ‘taking responsibility’, and not ‘passing the buck.’
That “man of the people” image O’Rourke has been trying to project continues to fade as he continues to reveal his true colors as a Socialist acolyte: declaring his support for single-payer universal healthcare, support for gun control, has publicly disparaged Christianity, opposes the US embassy in Jerusalem, and the impeachment of President Trump. Does he realize he’s on the ballot in Texas and not California?
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It seems “Francis” has not totally put his criminal career behind him.