Rep. Beto O’Rourke is a Taxes House member….
Texas IS a RED State….
Red State Texas Democrats can’t survive as progressive left leaners….
While the Texas political did support several things like background checks for gun purchases and a better immigration policy?
He has been against being labeled a progressive Democrat…
O’Rourke is now a name up for the national Democratic party….
Not just Texas….
With his jump up to the top tier of the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination field?
He is going to be subjected to hard questions form the right , left and middle of his political party….
Welcome to the Big Leagues!
Surveying the likely skirmish awaiting O’Rourke, one Democratic strategist working with a rival campaign told POLITICO, “Trotsky got killed with an ice pick.”
O’Rourke simultaneously shrugged off — but further fueled — the criticism Friday by sidestepping the opportunity to embrace the progressive mantle after a town hall meeting here. His eschewing of partisan labels comes even as he approaches a Democratic primary that is tilting increasingly to the left.
Asked if he is a progressive Democrat, O’Rourke told reporters, “I don’t know. I’m just, as you may have seen and heard over the course of the campaign, I’m not big on labels. I don’t get all fired up about party or classifying or defining people based on a label or a group. I’m for everyone.”
O’Rourke’s supporters view the criticism from progressives as limited, and his colleagues have said privately that it does not bother him. But in a through-the-looking-glass experience, supporters of O’Rourke have been pressed to reiterate the progressive credentials of a Democrat who, in his Senate campaign, was chiefly criticized for being too progressive and not diluting his positions to account for the state’s conservative tint. They point to his support for Medicare for All and for leftist drug, military and immigration policies. And they were buoyed by the release of a straw poll by the progressive advocacy group MoveOn this week that put O’Rourke first in a field of potential 2020 candidates.
In response to a constituent on Friday, O’Rourke reiterated his support for background checks and a ban on the sale of assault-style weapons. And he pushed back against criticism that he took money from employees of oil companies in a race in which he raised more than $70 million from a national network of mostly small donors.
He said it is “really important to remember we did not receive a single PAC contribution” and that the campaign took money from employees of a range of industries, including the “cosmetology industry, the telecommunications industry, the cupcake baking industry.”
“We received more contributions than any Senate candidate in the history of the United States of America, so we were No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 for almost every industry,” he said.
“I am who I am,”…..