WAY OF THE DRUG WARRIOR  11:55 am May 31, 2012

Pro-Pot Primary Challenger Harshes Texas Congressman Silvestre Reyes’s Mellow

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Look at this fucking KennedyWhat was it that that turned the tide for 40-year-old former El Paso councilman Beto O’Rourke, a guero dude in a supermajority Latino Texas district, in his quest to unseat eight-term incumbent and totally cool drug warrior Congressman Silvestre Reyes? Was it the Drug War? Probably. Was it also almost $200 large for TV ads from everybody’s favorite billionaire Cubs owner/embarrassed Rev. Wright chaser Joe Ricketts? That too!

O’Rourke is getting help from the Campaign for Primary Accountability, the anti-incumbent super-PAC funded in part by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts. The group has spent $195,000 on television, radio, and direct mail attacking Reyes for voting to raise his own pay (a common CFPA trope) and granting a federal contract to a firm that hired three of his kids.

And now O’Rourke has ousted Reyes with just over 50 percent of the primary vote, which means he will be the Congressman from Texas’s 16th District. Districts that are 77 percent Latino may vote for an Irishman (if he’s named “Beto” and looks like a Kennedy) but white is one thing, “Mitt Romney” something else entirely. So if crotchety old GOP billionaires want to help liberal Dems primary Blue Dogs in ultrasafe Democrat districts, you won’t hear Wonkette pissing and bitching. [LasCrucesNews]

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actor212 May 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

Beto? O'Rourke?

Sounds kind of Kennedyish, by way of the Gambino crime family.

EDIT: Dammit, Editrix beat me!

To the joke, I mean.


BerkeleyBear May 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Beto is apparently a nickname for this dude who "is white, but votes brown."

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Beto! Be-e-e-to! Daylight come and me wanna go home!

dijetlo May 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

December 77, Port Elizabeth, weather fine
It was, business as usual, in police room 619
Oh Beko, Beko, Beko, Beko
Oh Beko, Beko, Beko, Beko
Gilla Maja! Gilla Maja! The man is dead, the man is dead.

James Michael Curley May 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Smoke enough pot, and me go bananas,
Daylight come and me wanna go home

Wile E. Quixote May 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Do you ever wonder if President Obama could have avoided a lot of controversy if he'd changed his name from Barack Obama to Barry O'Bama and told people that he was "black Irish"?

nounverb911 May 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

Weren't the Irish the illegal aliens dujour for a while?

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Th' filthy spalpeen ended wit' "No Airish Need Apply"

ManchuCandidate May 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Something lost on folks like Hannity, O'Reilly and Buchanan.

Ducksworthy May 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

They've already lost a lot. BTW, I recently found that membership application for the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America asks if you are a Roman Catholic and if you "have complied with your religious duties within the last 12 months". It also asks if you belong to any "Society to which the Catholic Church is opposed" which would include the Democrat Party.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 2:53 am

And even the "legal" ones were basically rubber-stamped through Ellis Island?

Barb May 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Let him grow his hair out a bit and I am sure Arnold Schwarzenegger would bang him.

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Needs more meth eyesockets

SayItWithWookies May 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Unless Mitt Romney holds him down and shears it off. O'Kennedy's hair, that is.

nounverb911 May 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

All you photoshoppers out there, please play with the "Green Screen". Please.

weejee May 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

beat me by less than a minute

/ uses modified Redeye technique to remove tear

metamarcisf May 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Beto's not here.

chascates May 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Legalize it.

nounverb911 May 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

For a second there, I read the headline as Pol-Pot.

Generation[redacted] May 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Pole Pot, Thai Stick, it's all good.

noodlesalad May 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

They've got some of those in Texas, too. Genocidal maniacs, that is, not Cambodians.

SorosBot May 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Are there any congressmen who haven't given federal contracts to their family?

nounverb911 May 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Shirley, you jest.

Sharkey May 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

You can blow out a candle
But you can't blow out a fire
Once the flames begin to catch
The weed will blow it higher
Oh Beto, Beto, because Beto

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Off his classic first album, Meet The Beto

Blueb4sunrise May 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

He came in 4th at Pimlico.

Mittens Howell, III May 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

He's so white, loaves of Wonder Bread call him 'Cracker'.

BerkeleyBear May 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Irish fighting for Mexicans – that's hardly new. Goes back at least to the 1840s when we all but press ganged FOB Irish into fighting for us in the Mexican War, and more than a few decided we were on the wrong side.

Even before that more than a few O's and Mc's were fighting for Spain (sometimes with and sometimes against England).

Jimmyone May 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I married an Irish girl from Chicago 35 years ago…….and I still haven't won a single fight. I don't know if it is her Irish ……or my Polak.

Chichikovovich May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Well maybe if you hadn't supported all those death camps…

Jimmyone May 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

They were "job creators".

Guppy May 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Thems papists stick together.

PubOption May 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

There was Bernardo O'Higgins in Chile.

weejee May 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

$200 large up in smoke for some toke-ie karaoke? Is Ricketts fronting for Cheech & Chong?

coolhandnuke May 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

May the Wrigley ivy turn brown and poisonous in June for Mr. Ricketts.
And tell Mrs. O'leary's cow to kick him in the nads.

mrpuma2u May 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

He smokes 2 joints in morning, Beto smokes 2 joints at night,
He smokes 2 joints in the evening, it makes him feel allright,

CrunchyKnee May 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Weedo O'Rourke for Governor!

WhatTheHeck May 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

He actually changed his name from Tac O’Bell to what it is now.

Chichikovovich May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

L. Paul O'Loco.

ElPinche May 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Toke O'Bowl

Blueb4sunrise May 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

A sad day .

Tucson's 4th Ave.'s 'Weed Man' dies in house fire

Callyson May 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

So, Peter Tosh got the order wrong…first you advertise it (the politician), and then he will legalize it…

Poindexter718 May 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

This bodes well for underdog Leroy Weintraub's primary campaign against Charlie Rangel.

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

This reminds me: someone dropped a seed in my front garden (could have been a bird) and it's growing into the familiar eight-leafed weed.

I have to pull it before it becomes easily recognizable.

No rush. It's getting plenty of sun and water and fertilizer before I re-pot it

Errr, no pun intended…

M. Bouffant May 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Eight-leafed? I think not.

Chick-Fil-Atheistâ„¢ May 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Hey, while we're at it, and GOPers are flooding districts with cash, what else should we ask for? I mean, all this money ain't gonna spend itself, y'know.

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

A sparkle unicorn?

Maybe Mitt can ask one of his relations…

Lascauxcaveman May 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Stupid billionaire! You let one of the good guys win!

Baconzgood May 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

They got the green screen there, so why didn't he put like a scene from Star Wars or him on top of K-2 or somthing.

coolhandnuke May 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Why would a rich wingnut Major League baseball owner from Chicago pour buckets of money in a meaningless Democratic congressional district in Texas to take out the brown incumbent? It's $200k he'll save in paying his Latin American players of which the Cubs have the lowest percentage of Latinos on their roster in all of baseball.

MosesInvests May 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

El Paso is also sending an openly gay Latina to the Lege. Good going!

randcoolcatdaddy May 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The importance of legalizing pot seems to overcome all racial barriers in this country.

Allmighty_Manos May 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

He probably descended from one of those Irishmen who defected to Mexico during Mexican War.

neiltheblaze May 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Why, he could be a Kennedy.

deanbooth May 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I had a major confusion until I read the original source — oh, he's a Dem! Ricketts giving to a Democrat just would not process.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 2:56 am

When I read over this the first time, I wasn't computing it, either. lol

ttommyunger May 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Do these people even look at proofs before releasing portraits to an unsuspecting public? I hate to appear shallow, but this guy has "dick" written all over his face, and that grin! Mr. Ed called, and he would like to have his choppers back, please.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 2:51 am

Can I just say that I always thought Reyes was a moron? I mean, please his heart, but it is the truth.

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