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Two staffers for Democrat presidential contender Beto O’Rourke are ditching the former congressman from El Paso because they don’t believe he’s the real deal, opting instead to put their efforts behind socialist Bernie Sanders.
University of Texas students Autumn Lanning and Bryant Young told the Texas Tribune they decided to jump ship recently after working for more than a year to get O’Rourke elected, first in his losing bid to replace Sen. Ted Cruz and more recently for president.
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What they came to realize, they said, is O’Rourke is all talk, and his actual voting record shows he’s not the progressive candidate he plays on the campaign trail.
“We were definitely very, very caught up and invested in it,” Lanning said of the “Betomania” that gripped the 2018 senate race. “It was after the election that we started being like like, ok his voting record actually is horrible.”
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The duo cited O’Rourke “fawning over” the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC in September and his dependence on Big Oil money donations, despite signing a “Fossil Free” pledge to shun contributions tied to oil companies.
“Realizing that he was the No. 2 recipient of fossil fuel money and the No. 1 is Ted Cruz … that’s really just not acceptable,” Lanning said.
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“He’s very good at kind of making this word jumble of what he’s speaking about,” she said, but “he doesn’t really say anything concrete and that’s kind of suspect for progressives I think.”
Young elaborated in a YouTube video last month.
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