Ted Cruz is in a tight race with Beto O’Rourke. At least according to the polls. The polls have been wrong a lot lately and Texas polls tend to underreport GOP support.
That’s just the way it is in Texas. The GOP usually beats the polls by a decent margin. That said, this year is unlike any other.
From The Hill: The Texas Republican Party invoked a decades-old mug shot from a previous Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) arrest as part of a series of jabs at the congressman for declining to debate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“There’s always the chance that Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke won’t debate Senator Cruz because he got into a hazy situation…” the Texas GOP tweeted from its official account late Tuesday.
The tweet included O’Rourke’s mugshot from an arrest. The photo included a message that reads: “Sorry, Can’t debate. Had a little too much to drink.”
O’Rourke has acknowledged his prior arrests on multiple occasions over the years as he ran for office. In an op-ed for The Houston Chronicle earlier this week calling for Texas to implement criminal justice reforms, O’Rourke addressed his two past run-ins with the law.
He wrote that he spent a night in El Paso County Jail in 1995 for jumping a fence at the University of Texas at El Paso, and was released on bail the next day.
“Three years later, I was arrested for drunk driving – a far more serious mistake for which there is no excuse,” O’Rourke wrote.
There's always the chance that Robert “Beto” O’Rourke won’t debate Senator Cruz because he got into a hazy situation… pic.twitter.com/4nmd42AEkl
— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) August 29, 2018
“Both incidents were due to poor judgment and I have no excuse for my behavior then.”
“However, since then, I have used my opportunities to serve my community and my state. I’m grateful for the second chance and believe that we all deserve second chances.”