A video of Democratic heartthrob and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke berating a Catholic priest in personal terms during an El Paso City Council meeting in 2011 has surfaced.
O’Rourke was speaking to Father Michael Rodriguez, who was testifying at a meeting of the city council in opposition to a plan by the city to extend marriage benefits to city employees who were in same-sex relationships. At the time O’Rourke was a city councilor.
O’Rourke brought up the “moral failings” of the Catholic Church, in the context of Father Rodriguez’s opposition to the city’s recognition of homosexual marriage. He then spoke to the Texas cleric in strikingly personal terms, stating that he “luckily didn’t need your approval to move forward,” even though Father Rodriguez hadn’t interrupted him. Beto also claimed that Rodriguez was trying to “take the moral high ground” in the debate.
Father Rodriguez addressed O’Rourke arguments against his testimony in charitable terms, explaining that many individuals within the Catholic Church failed to live up to church teachings in engaging in sexual abuse, pedophilia and institutional corruption.
Father Rodriguez has been a well-known figure in the traditional Catholic community in Texas.
Watch the video of the heated interaction here, courtesy of the account JMJHFPRODUCTIONS (Beto starts speaking at 6:00):
Republican Voter Registration is Surging in Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania in the Runup to the November Election
This is even more important than polls.
The Republican Party is handily registering more voters than Democrats in the critical swing states of Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania in the advance of the 2020 presidential election, a strong sign for the GOP in the competitive states.
Republicans have registered more than 135,000 voters to their party than Democrats have since 2016, a handy lead in a state in which the margin of victory was 44,000. Pennsylvania is probably the most critical state in the 2020 election.
Republicans have registered a strong plurality of the new voters to register in Arizona since August, with 43% of these voters aligning as Republican. 26% have registered as Democrats, and 29% registered with no party affiliation or with another political party.
Did some further number crunching on the newly registered 57,000 voters in Maricopa, including those from #VoterRegistrationDay that have been input in the system. So far, good news for GOP.
GOP: +24,753 (43%)
DEM: +14,815 (26%)
Other: +16,966 (29%)
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) September 24, 2020
President Trump won the southwestern state by 4.5% in 2016, with rapid population growth and immigration turning Arizona into a purple state.
Republicans appear to be crushing Democrats in decisive fashion in the voter registration struggle in Florida, registering a whopping 41% more voters than the Democrat Party is in the state. The GOP registered 58,000 new Republican voters in August alone, a 91% increase when compared to August of 2016. Leading Democrats have even been sounding the alarm in the state, having lost it in 2016 with a far greater numerical voting lead then they’ll have this time.
The Joe Biden campaign has largely refrained from traditional political activism and door-knocking in the state, preferring to let their candidate speak through appearances on Sunday shows and softball interviews.
If the President wins these three states, he’s in an extremely strong position for victory, even if Biden wins Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He’d need to hold North Carolina and Ohio to end up with 274 electoral college votes in this scenario.
These statistics are more pertinent than polls with highly questionable methodologies and flawed participant selection methods.
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