I was expecting it, and there it was. On Friday. A typically mendacious very last minute accusation of wrongdoing by a Ted Cruz related group of illegal use of campaign funds by the Beto O'Rourke campaign.

TV stations such as Channel 11 had to cover it, of course, and it may have caused some hesitation among possible Beto voters, despite the fact it was later proven baseless. Classic sleazy political tactics by our Senator, and a window into the contempt he feels for voters.

"You can’t fool all of the people all of the time," said President Lincoln.

Be among the non-fooled this time, and vote for a candidate who respects all citizens, whether they agree with him or not. Vote for Beto for Senator.

Harris "Shrub" Kempner 

Galveston

(63) comments

Don Schlessinger

"Vote for Beto O'Rourke, who respects all Texans" -------Socialist Texans.

BTW- Abe was a Republican.

Carol Dean

BTW...so was MLK!

Emile Pope

Really? I thought he supported LBJ...because he did...

Carol Dean

Must have been on one of his "weaker" days. MLK was a Republican!

Carlos Ponce

" the fact it was later proven baseless" Not fact, just wishful thinking, hoping on your part. But asides from this, NO'Rourke is all wrong for Texas.
The Democrat Party has put a lot of time and money into promoting their candidate. His supporters are like the students at Texas A&M , College Station who went silent when asked about his accomplishments. They support and will vote for him but could not tell you why. The Liberal Indoctrination machine at work. On the other hand, Cruz supporters on that same campus could list reasons for their support of the senator.
As to the contribution of campaign funds Liberal Snopes gives it a "Mixture" rating:
WHAT'S TRUE
The O'Rourke campaign acknowledged that some of their staff staff had donated around $300 worth of food and supplies, purchased with campaign money, to a charity serving migrants in El Paso, Texas.
WHAT'S FALSE
We found no evidence that the staff gave any campaign-purchased supplies directly to migrants, an act which would likely have violated campaign spending rules.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/beto-o-rourke-campaign-funds-migrants/

Then explain the following conversation between campaign staff members Dominic Chacon and AnaPaula Themann:
Chacon: “Well I think they accepted them as like asylum-seekers… So, I’m going to get some groceries and some blankets…”

Themann: “Don’t ever repeat this and stuff but like if we just say that we’re buying food for a campaign event, like the Halloween events…”

Chacon: “That’s not a horrible idea, but I didn’t hear anything. Umm, we can wait until tomorrow for that.”

Themann: “Well that’s exactly the food we need. And I will just mark it as, I do have dozens of block walkers.”

Themann: “There’s actually stores that just mark it as ‘food’ they don’t mark different types… at Albertsons, on the receipts, it marks it just based off of brand…”

Chacon: “I think we can use that with those [campaign pre-paid] cards to buy some food, all that s**t can be totally masked like, oh we just wanted a healthy breakfast!”

Why "mask" the costs if legal????????


Jim Forsythe

If you believe anything that James O'Keefe produces as factual, you will believe anything. He has a history of editing to make it say anything he wants. The money cards they were talking about was legal and is going to be used for people in need.
The amount in question is small. You are upset about this and not the large amount of PAC money and dark money Cruz is using?
"James O'Keefe of right-wing group Project Veritas has been accused of editing videos to misrepresent the context of conversations as well as other dubious acts that include a failed sting of the Washington Post. He was also convicted in 2010 of using a fake identity to get on to federal property during one of his projects.
In November 2017, the Post said it was approached by a woman who worked for Project Veritas. She tried to make false accusations against then-Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was already mired in a sexual misconduct scandal and would eventually lose the Alabama special election to Democrat Doug Jones.
That attempted sting was one example of what critics say are ongoing efforts by O'Keefe's group to discredit mainstream media and liberal groups."
Project Veritas was created by James Edward O’Keefe III who is an American conservative political activist. He produces secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters, some selectively edited to imply its subjects said things they did not, with figures and workers in academic, governmental and social service organizations, purporting to show abusive or allegedly illegal behavior by employees and/or representatives of those organizations. Project Veritas primarily targets liberals and liberal organizations. O’Keefe’s videos are edited in a way that makes them difficult to fact check. Often his information is debunked, but it is too late as the information has already been watched by thousands or more.

According to military planning documents, about 20 percent of the roughly 7,000 migrants traveling through Mexico are likely to complete the journey.
Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the deployment as “wasteful” in a message on Twitter and said Marines and soldiers were already overstretched.Trump’s border deployments could cost $200 million by year-end.
The makeup of the caravan is due to the number of miles that they are traveling.If you have ever walked the number of miles they do each day you would understand why a lot of families with children do not complete the trip to the boarder. By the time they reach the boarder it is estimated only about 1500 will complete the march. They will be greeted by over 10,000,blowing this past the needed response because of the midterms

Carlos Ponce

Editing - Audio and video is edited to present a neat concise presentation. If not for editing you would sit through HOURS and HOURS of dead time and things that are irrelevant. Do they misrepresent content? No.
NO'Rourke's campaign and others have been caught by Project Veritas. Complaining about the editing is tantamount to WHINING.

Jim Forsythe

DId James O'Keefe misrepresent content? Yes. Talking while no one was on camera, stops and starts in the content, splicing together of words . SO yes he did as he has done in the past, tried to deceive. If it such a good source, how come Cruz is not using it? Maybe he does not want to included in any kind of legal action. like what James O'Keefe has had in the past! He is a poison pill that no one would want to be part of.

George Croix

Jim, I don't care if it's true or not... I don't much care for 'gotcha' video, anyway...it's usually heavily slanted toward the gotter, rather than the gottee....
It's peanuts compared to the FACT that good 'ol Beto is an advocate for 'undocumented aliens', with all the joyous expenditures THAT brings....just like his other leftists cohorts.....
Hey, if you LIKE paying for millions of illegal aliens, then vote for more of them....

Jim Forsythe

Until we have a complete overhaul of our immigration laws, nothing will change. Overstaying of visas is the number one part that must be fixed. We also need to fix our reporting system, to account for who is in the USA.. If someone hires a person that should not be here, they should face stiff consequences. Many other measures need to be put in place.
The Caravan that is coming is not the problem, as not many will make it to the boarder.
. If we were really trying to get rid of the backlog of people seeking asylum, increase the number of judges.

Until DC see this as a important problem, nothing will change. Maybe too many people are making money. Until then, all we will get is lip services.

George Croix

If we want to avoid increasing the backlog, RAISE the standards.
Sitting by while your own country gets more and more screwed up should not be a basis for coming to this one to start the same process.
The 'asylum seekers' might have a little more credibility of not marching along waving the flag of the country they are supposedly fleeing in terror from.....

Paul Hyatt

If you believe that it is Ok for a caravan of criminals to come across our border that has fought its way across Mexico, my question to you is if we can not lock down our border then why do people on the left get to lock their homes? After all this caravan full of criminals just want what you have>>>> Why can we not lock our borders down? A nation without borders soon ceases to be a nation....

Gary Miller

Francis O'Rourke was just a small time 'hustler' until Democrats offered him a lot of money to run against Cruz. True to his background he isn't spending all the money he's been given. After loosing to Cruz he'll be rich enough to get out of politics.

Jim Forsythe

Gary, he was already rich. The next step is to run for President and he may become Vice President.

Daisy Harris

Our choice is between a man that gives $275 to poor homeless asylum seeking women who need food and diapers, or a man who tries to demonize that. I have not voted in many years. I checked online to see if my voters registration was active yesterday and it is. For the first time in over a decade, I will cast my vote on Tuesday for Beto O'Rourke. This is that one thing that got me off my couch. When I read about this I knew what Jesus would have done in this situation. I thought Republican were the religious right? This is not right, it's wrong. Vote Beto!

Carlos Ponce

What would Jesus do? Obey Civil law, obey local authorities.
You vote for whomever you want. But to question the religious intents of a party that would bike to curb the death of millions of innocents seems your scope is very narrow.

Carlos Ponce

Correction
But to question the religious intents of a party that would like to curb the death of millions of innocents seems your scope is very narrow.

Sharon Stratman

Wait, Carols, I'm confused. The guy that was crucified by religious and secular authorities for talking incessantly about a better kingdom followed civil law and obeyed local authorities?I must have the wrong Bible.

Lisa Blair

Thanks for sharing, Daisy. Citizens like you, who have been inspired by Beto’s message, are going to make a huge impact on this election. And it’s a pretty simple message. Let’s be decent human beings. Let’s care about each other. Especially children. Wherever they were born.

Carlos Ponce

Especially children. Including those still in the womb. They have no voice, we must speak for them.
And watch Mexican TV. Women and children make up less than 30% of the caravan. Children are begging to return home. Most of the caravan are men of working age. Some are armed, others carry illegal drugs with them.

Lisa Blair

Yeah and some US citizens are armed (a lot of them) and carry illegal drugs (that they buy from the cartels hence the violence In Central America). Believe me, Carlos there’s no women who need you to speak for their wombs. We can take care of our own bodies. That’s what choice is.

Carlos Ponce

And Lisa Blair wants to add more. Angel families don't agree with you.

George Croix

Then, leave your womb in the trash dumpster after your' choice'....but, that's not what happens, is it......
Oh, what a tangled web you weave when for the 50 millionth plus time you practice to deceive...........[ban]

Carol Dean

When have any of you donated recently to the starving children here in the USA, who are legal citizens? Just wondering.

Don Schlessinger

Free money, gotta vote for it.

Randy Chapman

My vote will cancel yours, Daisy.[tongue]

Carol Dean

Jesus supports Cruz! WWJD?

Diane Turski

If anyone is actually interested in "draining the swamp" they can start by voting for BETO!!!!

Carol Dean

Yeah, Diane, beto is part of "The Swamp" in Texas! VETO beto!

Susan Smith

Nothing to do with Cruz campaign. A little research will show that. Same group that has exposed several other dems. NO beto and NO dems,

Lisa Blair

That’s exactly what’s wrong with Texas, Susan. “No dems” Really? So the only views that matter are yours, the only political parties allowed to govern is yours, the rest of us don’t matter. Talk about sowing division.

Claudia Burnam

Lisa, sounds just like a democrat talking point. Do as I say not as I do? Right?And when a woman is pregnant that is another human being in her body that has the right to live! E G Wiley

Lisa Blair

And confusing abortion and choice is another Republican talking point. Texas is bottom of the barrel in maternal and infant mortality. Instead of supporting programs that save the lives of women and children living right now you think you have the right to jump into women’s wombs to “save” the unborn. You can’t take care of what you’ve already got.

Sharon Stratman

Well said, Lisa.

Rusty Schroeder

She is to a T. Lisa is in favor of open borders, asylum, and free entry into our country. She is on record as of saying so in these comment sections in the GCDN any time an article arises on the subject. Now then, and Lisa refuses to answer this question, by her own standards shouldn't she welcome people to sit in her restaurant and use the restrooms and wi-fi without purchasing anything or having no use other than to use the restaurant's facilities? I can't wait until Wednesday so Beto can disappear just like Wendy Davis did, can't get here soon enough.

Claudia Burnam

There is no confusion Lisa, just in the heads of liberals!!!! E G Wiley

Carlos Ponce

Lisa Blair posts, "And confusing abortion and choice is another Republican talking point." Can you explain that, Lisa.

Definition of pro-choice: favoring the legalization of abortion
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pro-choice
Is Merriam-Webster confused too?????

Jim Forsythe

Pro-choice abortion refers to the political and ethical view, that a woman should have complete right over her fertility, and that she should have the freedom to decide whether she wants to continue or terminate her pregnancy. The pro-choice movement entails to guarantee a woman, her reproductive rights.

George Croix

You neglect to mention the outrageously high number of illegal alien deliveries, people not from the best health conditions, adding to your infant mortality rate.
But, why mess up an incomplete tale with facts....[whistling]

George Croix

What about that 'grain of rice's rights, Jim?
None?
Not a single person deciding to kill it for convenience could do so if the same had been exercised when they were just 'cooking' in the pot.......
So, the argument that it's not "really' life falls a bit flat when the person arguing that is HERE, NOW, precisely because he/she was not inconvenient and dumpster fodder...

Can't have it both ways,...try as they do.......

George Croix

" by her own standards shouldn't she welcome people to sit in her restaurant and use the restrooms and wi-fi without purchasing anything or having no use other than to use the restaurant's facilities?"

Been 4 no answer days, Rusty. Hope you weren't holding your breath waiting for a 'that's different'..... [beam][wink]

George Croix

Where asylum equals lifetime welfare, a previous poster would be correct.....

Paula Flinn

Congress could have changed the asylum laws, but didn’t. The President and the border patrol both need to enforce the existing laws for now. It is legal to ask for asylum at ports of entry.

Carlos Ponce

"Congress could have changed the asylum laws, but didn’t.'
With 60 votes needed to pass the Senate they could not. The open borders Democrats could block any legislation. See how many Republican Senate seats are picked up on Tuesday. With a total of 60 there will not be any obstruction.

Jim Forsythe

Bipartisanship is what is needed. This is the reason that it is set at 60 votes required to pass a bill, so that one party does not act like the other party does not exist. If a bill is not OKed by at least 60, then it needs to be worked on.
All this, my party is right and yours is always wrong will accomplish, is when the other party gets in power, all they want to do is reject what has already been passed.
After a President leaves office the next President may do away with most if not all of his Executive orders.

For a 2 party system to work, it requires both sides to compromise. For the ones that think that they would want us to become a One-party state, be careful what you ask for.
Think about how many campaigned that the other person was a demon, and how many campaigned on, this work together.
Which are you choosing? Which are you demanding from your congress people ?
To act like the only ones that matter are the 30% in your party and dam the other 70% , your party will start to lose power.

George Croix

And all who go to the proper place and do the proper procedures, should get their say and consideration.....
Others?
No.
We are already billions with a B...lots of B's..... in the hole yearly with Central America attempting to relocate to the USA...pr already in here......

Mike Zeller

Be afraid, very afraid, the caravan is coming. They want to mow your grass, clean your house, pick your fruit, ... [scared][crying][scared][crying]

George Croix

You left out they want to use your 'federal money' for 'services', use the ER's for medical care, and, my favorite, send a few more thousand to the public schools, at about 9 grand or so a year per EACH in this state. Right behind that one is maternity and delivery, at over 10 grand each....
ALL when not even supposed to be in this country.
As usual, that's the REST of the typically incomplete story attempting to make people feel bad for not feeling bad about not wanting to have the aforementioned occurrences......

Carol Dean

You also left out the part about the drug gangs, drugs and other illegal nationalities they are bringing with them. How much is that going to cost YOU? You are the one who will be paying for all of their benefits. That money just doesn't suddenly appear out of thin air!

dick bell

Wow. So the democrats wasted $70 million on a skateboard rider. Sad days...sad days

Steve Fouga

Not a waste at all. Beto set a nice pattern for himself and other Dems to follow. A close race against an incumbent Republican, something most didn't think possible in TX. All in all, a great night for the Dems, nationally and in TX.

Carlos Ponce

"All in all, a great night for the Dems, nationally and in TX."
What goes on outside of Texas is beyond our control. As for Texas
Gov Greg Abbott (R) won
Lt Gov Dan Patrick (R) won
Atty Gen Ken Paxton (R) won
Comptroller of Public Accounts Hegar (R) won
General Land Office Commissioner George P Bush (R) won
Agriculture Commissioner Miller (R) won
Railroad Commissioner Craddick (R) won
Texas Supreme Court Justice Pl 2 Blacklock (R) won
Texas Supreme Court Justice Pl 4 Devine (R) won
Texas Supreme Court Justice Pl 6 Brown (R) won
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Keller (R) won
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Hervey (R) won
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Slaughter (R) won
State Board of Education District 7 Robinson (R) won
US Senator Ted Cruz (R) won
All in all, a great night but no (D) in the state-wide Texas election winner's column.

Steve Fouga

Y'all aren't paying attention. Beto's performance against Cruz, by itself, shows the inroads Dems are making in TX. Noticeable gains in the legislature, too. You should be alarmed, or at least alerted, by the leftward swing in TX politics. I'm sure TX Dems will be happy if all Republicans are as sleepyheaded as you guys.

Carlos Ponce

Y'all aren't paying attention. Beto's performance against Cruz, by itself, shows what MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars will do. And much of that money came from Hollywood!.
NO'Rourke the punk rocker was singing "Hooray for Hollywood".

Carol Dean

Rest assured that a good deal of that money was supplied by George Soros!

Steve Fouga

Money comes from everywhere nowadays. Don't be indignant about it; be alarmed. Pay attention, Republicans!

George Croix

Well, maybe it's just me, but I figure of we're dumb enough to be swayed simply by big $$ adds and 'celebrity' endorsements, of any kind, without any other effort on our part, then WE deserve what we get...or, don't get, too.....

Carlos Ponce

"Money comes from everywhere nowadays."
Yes it does. But the source tells you a lot about the receiver of those funds.

Steve Fouga

Damn straight, Carlos. I'm suspicious of ALL the senators, congressmen, the vice president, the president, and their connections with big donors. Hollywood, true enough. Pretty harmless compared to big pharma, big oil, big defense, the Street, possibly Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Carlos Ponce

In high school government we learned the phrase "running for your health" in politics which meant to run for an office not to win but to gain name recognition. Look for the Democrats to trot out this donkey at a future date for another office. I doubt he'll wait 6 years to challenge Cruz again. No Betta NO'Rourke will get the same results as in 2018. Maybe he needs to wear his black flowered dress and return to being a punk rocker.

Lisa Blair

Beto graciously conceded to Cruz and pledged to work with him on behalf of all Texans. Doesn’t look like any Beto supporters couldn’t wait to jump on here and post nasty comments about Cruz. Y’all don’t need to keep showing us who you are, we believe you.

George Croix

Congrats to all the election winners, AND to all who came up short, for participating in the process.
Let the games begin...again.....[beam]

Steve Fouga

[thumbup] Well said.

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