Beto O'Rourke is a sell-out.
That's the sentiment that you're left with after a new report exposed the Texas congressman's career as a local official in El Paso, who voted for proposals that posed a conflict of interest for him.
The New York Times has spent quite enough time romanticizing O'Rourke and his campaign, which has a slim shot of flipping Texas blue in the Senate against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz. According to a Quinnipiac poll released on Monday, Cruz is polling above 50 percent and leads O'Rourke by five points (51 to 46 percent).
At least Times reporters and editors have finally gotten around to revealing some unvarnished truth about the 2018 liberal savior.
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O'Rourke, who served on the El Paso City Council last decade, voted for a proposal to redevelop downtown El Paso with restaurants, shops, and an arts walk that would rival the River Walk in downtown San Antonio. But this involved replacing tenements and abandoned, boarded-up buildings in the process.
The billionaire real estate investor who proposed the plan just happened to be O'Rourke's father-in-law, William Sanders.
As the Times reports, O'Rourke defended the plan before angry residents and voted to advance it. However, O'Rourke made a show of voting against a motion to invoke eminent domain, a sign that he knew what he was doing was wrong.
Ultimately, the plan to redevelop the downtown area fell through. But many residents were left with a bad taste in their mouth. While it was still up for debate, many feared they would be displaced, losing their homes through eminent domain, thanks to what they viewed as coordinated action between O'Rourke and his father-in-law.
Guadalupe Ochoa, a 75-year-old El Paso resident, told the Times through an interpreter that she had voted for O'Rourke, but "now that he got to the top, and close to the power, he turned things around on us."
With all the glossy and flowery profiles of O'Rourke and his campaign painting him as a woke populist who has relied on the grassroots movement, we're seeing another confirmation that his grassroots are closer to the hipsters of Brooklyn than to the poor of his hometown.