The former Texas congressman sent a text message to KTSM on Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the democrat presidential nomination.
He wrote: “I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”
O’Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year. He got within 3 percentage points of upsetting Cruz in the nation’s largest red state and shattered national fundraising records while using grassroots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities.
In early October, 2018, Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson joined 95 other County Sheriffs from across the State of Texas in a letter expressing grave reservations about O’Rourke, the Irishman then challenging incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz has the most conservative voting record of any member of the United States Senate.
Henderson and his ninety-five law enforcement colleagues also endorsed Cruz for re-election.
In an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer, Sheriff Henderson explained that he endorsed the entire Republican slate of candidates for election in the November 6, 2018, General Election. “I believe the conservative values Republican represent are in sharp contrast to their opponents’ positions. It’s a very easy decision for me to support all Republicans for election in Texas.”
The letter from the group of County Sheriffs criticized O’Rourke for “rhetoric that inflames anger towards peace officers.” They noted specifically O’Rourkes comment:
“That system of suspecting somebody solely based on the color of their skin, searching that person solely based on the color of their skin, stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin, shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin, throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin. It is why some have called this – I think it is an apt description – the new Jim Crow.”
Obviously, law enforcement officers have taken grave exception to O’Rourke’s race-baiting comments which do little more than inflame anger. O’Rourke, who has a substantial criminal record for burglary and driving while intoxicated as well as other violent crimes, clearly stated that he believes law enforcement officers do all of those acts, although, of course, O’Rourke didn’t discuss his own terrible criminal record.
More than one hundred and thirty-four Texas Sheriffs signed the letter criticizing O’Rourke and endorsing Senator Cruz.