O’Rourke Campaign Denies Allegations That it Invited Illegals to Vote
A Texas candidate for U.S. Senate is embroiled in controversy after reports surfaced that potential volunteers received text messages asking them to transport illegal aliens to polling stations on election day.
“The messages came from within the campaign’s text message operations, reading: ‘Hi, It’s Patsy here w/ Beto for Texas. Our records indicate that you’re a supporter. We are in search of volunteers to help transport undocumented immigrants to polling booths so that they will be able [sic] vote,'” according to The Independent.
Beto O’Rourke is squaring off with Sen. Rafael ‘Ted” Cruz (R-TX) in the general election on November 6.
Then campaign said that the text was “not an approved message by the campaign and it is definitely not something we are doing,” according to Ana Castañón, a communications director for O’Rourke.
The campaign further claimed that an “imposter” infiltrated its ranks to send the messages.
“An imposter signed up to be a volunteer on our texting team and texted you today with a message that was not approved by the campaign,” the campaign said in a follow-up text to volunteers, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “We’re very sorry about this and have taken the necessary steps to make sure that they do not continue sending text messages with our campaign.”
The message puts the O’Rourke camp in an awkward lose/lose position. If it is lying about the source of the text message and did indeed invite illegals to vote, that is obviously a serious legal issue.
If, on the other hand, the text was actually sent by an imposter, it raises questions about O’Rourke’s fitness for office. If he can be duped into sending a moronic text, is he trustworthy enough to handle classified information as a Senator?
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