Local GOP chairman not shocked O'Rourke is running for President


    FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, former Democratic Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke laughs during a live interview with Oprah Winfrey on a Times Square stage at "SuperSoul Conversations," in New York. The new Beto O’Rourke documentary, “Running With Beto,” ends with him musing about how to keep the momentum of his 2018 defeat in the Texas Senate race going. O’Rourke himself attended the premiere Saturday, March 9, 2019, at South by Southwest, but he also was coy about his future, repeating only that he’ll announce his plans “soon.” (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke uttered the sentence people have been waiting months to hear:

    “I’m running for president.”

    The chairman for the El Paso County Republican Party, Adolpho Telles, said he wasn’t shocked to hear that O’Rourke had announced his candidacy.

    "I figured given the attention he got when he ran as a senator and lost; it probably was going to fire that ego up a little bit more,” Telles said.

    “So, I figured it was going to be better than a 50-50 chance that he was going to run."

    Some say having someone local run for president could help El Paso's profile.

    "It'll, you know, bring some recognition to the city, so that'll be advantageous,” Tim Gray said.

    “I just don't agree with all of his views."

    "Hopefully, Beto being in that national spotlight will bring a little light to El Paso and make it a better city than it is already,” Garciela Escarega said.

    Others disagree.

    "You look at the whole program that he's got it looks like he's more to the left side than America normally would be, so I think that would be a problem,” Hugo Verla said.

    Telles said O’Rourke running could be a positive thing for El Paso if the presidential candidate doesn’t steer too far to the left side of the political spectrum when talking about the city.

    "I see a number of sparks that are there that are going to potentially raise issues,” Telles said.

    “Some of them might hurt us. Some of them might help us. It'll be interesting to see how it comes out."

    But he isn't confident that will happen.

    "My concern is that I don't think he represents El Paso values. I think that's going to come out," Telles said.

    Telles also said that he feels local Hispanic voters cast their vote for Julian Castro in the primary over O’Rourke. He thinks those voters will vote for what Telles calls a “true Hispanic.”

    The Republican National Committee released the following statement:

    Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke officially threw his hat into the ring for the Democrat nomination for President today. O’Rourke is coming off of a short hiatus following a failed run for the Texas Senate. Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey commented:
    It’s no surprise that Beto O’Rourke has entered the race for President - he’ll be joining several fellow Socialists with a message that resonates much better with Democrat primary voters than average Texans and Americans. O’Rourke’s policies of open borders, abolishing Immigration and Custom Enforcement (I.C.E.), and supporting single-payer government run healthcare are a snippet of the many problems with his candidacy and are clear examples of exactly what our nation needs to avoid. America needs leaders who will continue to fight for our strong economy, career opportunities for hard working taxpayers, and for securing our border.
    According to a Breitbart story posted on February 12, 2019, O’Rourke claims the “Green New Deal” was the “best proposal that I’ve seen” - ignoring its $93 trillion price tag. This is just one recent example in O’Rourke’s career of neglecting taxpayers. While only passing one bill during his tenure in Congress he actually voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which improved hundreds of thousands of careers in Texas alone. Chairman Dickey continued:
    During his time in Congress, O’Rourke voted with Nancy Pelosi 94% of the time - he’s made clear he cares more for partisan politics than for helping hard working Americans. This was abundantly clear when he voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which created 362,200 careers in the state of Texas, and millions around the nation. O’Rourke’s record demonstrates that he’d be a disaster for our country.

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