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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  • 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

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

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

        • dijetlo

          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

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

    • Wile E. Quixote

      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

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

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

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

      • Ducksworthy

        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

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

  • Barb

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

    • Needs more meth eyesockets

    • SayItWithWookies

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

  • nounverb911

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

    • beat me by less than a minute

      / uses modified Redeye technique to remove tear

  • metamarcisf

    Beto's not here.

  • chascates

    Legalize it.

  • nounverb911

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

    • Generation[redacted]

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

    • noodlesalad

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

  • SorosBot

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

    • nounverb911

      Shirley, you jest.

  • 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

    • Off his classic first album, Meet The Beto

  • Blueb4sunrise

    He came in 4th at Pimlico.

  • Mittens Howell, III

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

  • BerkeleyBear

    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

      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

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

        • Jimmyone

          They were "job creators".

    • Guppy

      Thems papists stick together.

    • PubOption

      There was Bernardo O'Higgins in Chile.

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

  • coolhandnuke

    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

    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

    Weedo O'Rourke for Governor!

  • WhatTheHeck

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

    • Chichikovovich

      L. Paul O'Loco.

    • ElPinche

      Toke O'Bowl

  • Blueb4sunrise

    A sad day .

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

  • Callyson

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

  • Poindexter718

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

  • 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…

  • Chick-Fil-Atheistâ„¢

    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.

    • A sparkle unicorn?

      Maybe Mitt can ask one of his relations…

  • Lascauxcaveman

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

  • Baconzgood

    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

    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

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

  • randcoolcatdaddy

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

  • Allmighty_Manos

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

  • neiltheblaze

    Why, he could be a Kennedy.

  • 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

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

  • ttommyunger

    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

    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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