Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) has two words for former President Barack Obama: Stay away.
Although Obama “has endorsed 11 Texas Democrats leading up to next month’s midterm elections,” according to the Texas Tribune, O’Rourke doesn’t want any part of that, saying, “I don’t think we’re interested. I am so grateful to him for his service, he’s going to go down as one of the greatest presidents. And yet, this is on Texas.”
O’Rourke cited his successful 2012 campaign to unseat former U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, in which Reyes received endorsements from Obama and former president Bill Clinton. O’Rourke noted that those endorsements didn’t work. He added, “Bill Clinton fills up the county coliseum and a screaming El Paso Times front page headline (said), 'President urges El Paso to stick with Reyes.' And we won. And what that drove home for me is that someone else’s popularity is not transferrable to a given candidate.”
The latest poll from Texas, a Quinnipiac poll released September 18, found Senator Ted Cruz leading O’Rourke by nine points; 54-45%. Quinnipiac stated, “Texas likely voters approve 53 - 44 percent of the job Cruz is doing and give him a 52 - 43 percent favorability rating. O'Rourke gets a divided 43 - 42 percent favorability rating.”
O’Rourke may have a point about Obama, as Fox News reported in December 2016, Democrats lost massive numbers of seats during Obama’s tenure: “The grand total: a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democratic posts, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency.”