Ted Cruz’s opponent in the upcoming race for his Texas Senate seat has been caught red-handed.
After swearing off outside interest contributions, Democrat Senate hopeful Rep. Beto O’Rourke reportedly accepted more than $170,000 in donations from the J Street PAC.
O’Rourke is a sad but typical example of what Americans see in political office these days: politicians will make any promise they need to in hopes of winning the election — then break them the first chance they get.
O’Rourke has been hammering Ted Cruz for months over his ties to “special interests.”
So to make himself more attractive to voters in the massive uphill battle against Cruz, he stated he would no longer be tied to outside interests.
But not only did O’Rourke take the money from a PAC — but it is a PAC with strong feelings against Israel.
Right Into Cruz’s Hands
Those familiar with the 2016 presidential election know how dearly Ted Cruz holds Israel to his heart.
Like most conservatives, he believes Israel is one of America’s most valuable allies, and it needs to be protected at all costs.
If there were any fringe voters thinking about swaying from Cruz, the interests of the PAC backing O’Rourke and filling his coffers could scare them away.
O’Rourke’s mistake did not get past the Ted Cruz campaign, either.
When the donation became public knowledge, his campaign fired a shot right across the bow of the O’Rourke campaign.
Emily Miller, a spokesman for Sen. Cruz, stated: “If O’Rourke does believe that PAC support is corrupting, then he should immediately return the $172,285 raised for him by the J Street PAC.”
But even if he does return the money, the damage is done at this point.
His campaign cannot claim the unknowingly accepted the money, because the donation was discovered in financial disclosure forms the campaign filed with the FEC.
O’Rourke’s hopes of winning a seat that Democrats have coveted since 1988 seem to be going up in flames.