He just might be the hero Texas needs. Beto O’Rourke – Democrat, Congressman and 90s punk rocker – has announced that he will challenge Texas Senator Ted Cruz in 2018.
Thanks in part to his highly-publicized run for president in 2016, and his contentious spats with now President Donald Trump (which culminated with him getting booed off the stage at the Republican convention) Cruz has a lot of enemies. The Texas Senator has managed to draw ire not only from liberals, but from his own Republican colleagues and even members of his family. Which means if O’Rourke can at least put up a fight, he will probably get a lot of backup from folks across the nation.
Of course – more realistically – since Ted Cruz made himself a household name in the last election, his base of hardline Christian conservatives is probably stronger than ever. Not to mention, a lot of voters who would find themselves in the Cruz Crew are likely already gleefully dreaming of a Ted Cruz 2020 run.
Recent polls have mostly looked at whether or not Cruz would get unseated from a member of his own party – 15-year Texas Governor Rick Perry perhaps?
But if Democrats want to compete, they are going to need someone good. Someone who can pack a powerful, yet entertaining, punch on stage. Someone who doesn’t wince at the opportunity to look insane – but also get attention. The one person who could effectively take on Ted Cruz, is a 90s punk rocker.
Spectacularly, Beto O’Rourke covers all of those bases. And he’s up for the challenge to run against Cruz.
He doesn’t have any political ads for his Senate campaign yet, but judging by his band, Foss’s 1994 performance on the Let’s Get Real Show out of El Paso Texas (Beto O’Rourke is the kid on the electric guitar wearing the grey suit).