Beto O’Rourke, the Senate candidate so cool that he rode a skateboard on stage at his rally Saturday in Corpus Christi, is looking more and more like John Ossoff 2.0. Hollywood’s favorite Texan is still down by about 9 points against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, where he’s been hovering for a while. And now it looks like Democrats are having second thoughts about burning all their campaign money in one place.
“It will be bad for everyone, Beto included, if he finishes his race with money in the bank when that money could’ve helped elect Democrats in Missouri, Tennessee or North Dakota” – @matthewamiller
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) October 13, 2018
That might as well be the New York Times saying that, but it’s actually a quote from Democrat strategist Matthew Miller:
“It’s great that O’Rourke has inspired so many people and raised so much money, and if he can spend it all effectively in Texas, he is well within his rights to do so,” said Matthew Miller, a veteran Democratic strategist and Texas native. “But he could have a huge impact for the party by sharing some of it with the D.S.C.C. so it could be spent in states where candidates just need a little extra to get over the hump.
“It will be bad for everyone, Beto included, if he finishes his race with money in the bank when that money could’ve helped elect Democrats in Missouri, Tennessee or North Dakota,” Mr. Miller added.
The Times reports that O’Rourke has raised $38 million in the last three months alone, which is certainly impressive, but some of that is coming in from grassroots supporters in states that also have competitive races and where the candidates could use some assistance. Maybe O’Rourke could slip a couple of those sweet Beto millions to Claire McCaskill?
Blue wave? We’re not getting that vibe from this Times piece. But the comments from O’Rourke donors are brutal — they donated to O’Rourke and that’s how they want it and screw the DNC.
The reality is Beto now has more $$$ than he could possibly need for his campaign. He should probably be transferring millions to TX Dem Party & others to help other Dem candidates.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) October 12, 2018
Don’t let any of his devotees hear you say that out loud is all we’re saying — Democrats tend to form angry mobs quickly.
Beto O’Rourke’s campaign will be remembered for decades.
Not because it was successful, but because Democrats figured out a way to waste millions of dollars on a moron who posts videos of himself playing air guitar and uses a skateboard as a means of transportation.
— Zachary Miller (@_ZacharyMiller) October 13, 2018
Democrat donors, please keep flooding Beto campaign with cash. He’s young, toothy, great hair, cool on skateboard. Send him your millions now! https://t.co/I6AJz9uXLZ
— Keith Thompson (@KeithThompson1) October 13, 2018
Beto is a gift to Republicans. He is attracting millions of dollars of campaign donations that otherwise may have gone to highly competitive races. The dem money is being overallocated to a losing cause. Keep it up Beto!! ??
— Still like beer ? (@UVIL1991) October 13, 2018
As a conservative Texan who knows the likelihood of Beto winning, I can't express how glad I am that Dems all around the country wasted tens of millions of dollars on his campaign.
— Jonathan Smith (@Archimusik) October 12, 2018
Yes, please, keep sending money to Texas. After that skateboard stunt today, he’s got this.
Here’s one outlier from all the replies to the Times’ story:
Clearly Beto is going to lose to the Lizard Man. So why won't he share the largess donors have bestowed on him? Does he want more Democrats elected to the Senate? Or does he want to further his own aim: a place in the national spotlight with perhaps a run for the presidency? https://t.co/i0iANun1z9
— David J. Montgomery (@djmont) October 13, 2018
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti doesn’t mention in his Beto fundraising tweet that HIS PAC gets HALF https://t.co/ONwfUJjnwN
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 11, 2018