Beto O’Rourke’s rally against Texas election bill draws supporters and opponents to Denton – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – After running for the US Senate and President, former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso told supporters his latest campaign was to fight the efforts of the Republicans in Texas to pass a bill on the integrity of elections. “I think we may have a chance to save our democracy. “
In a Denton park on Monday evening, June 7, organizers said more than 850 people showed up.
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When asked why this issue was important to him, O’Rourke said, “Democracy is under attack in Texas and across the country. You have the most restrictive voter suppression bill here in our state. “
Supporters have expressed concerns about provisions of the most recent measure that could be included in a bill during a special session of the legislature:
Whether the extended rights for poll observers will lead to intimidation of voters and employees, and early voting on Sunday cannot begin before 1 p.m.
O’Rourke said, “It is used disproportionately by African American voters. Some people refer to them as souls at the polls. This singularly targets one group in Texas: black voters. “
Republicans, including Gov. Abbott and Texas House President Dade Phelan, said last week that the 1 p.m. provision was an administrative error and should have been 11 a.m.
O’Rourke’s appearance in Denton makes it clear that he knows how to attract a crowd, not only from his supporters, but from his opponents as well.
At one point, a supporter of former President Donald Trump stood up and yelled at O’Rourke.
Trump supporters also made their presence known during a parade of vehicles and counter-rally by blowing sirens and honking their horns.
O’Rourke told the crowd, “It’s a reminder to all of us that it’s not going to be easy.”
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When asked for his response, O’Rourke said: “Those Trump supporters who came out and tried to yell at us today, who came out with sirens and horns trying to stifle the conversation that we had here, are very emblematic of the effort to suppress the vote, to intimidate the voters.
What Democrats and others want to know is whether O’Rourke will run for governor next year.
He said he wanted to fight first on the issue of voting rights. “After that, if there’s another way I can serve, by running for office or supporting those who run, I will. I’m in the distance for Texas one way or another. It doesn’t have to be as a candidate or in office.
When asked why there was a reluctance on the part of a Democrat to run for governor, O’Rourke said, “It’s still early days. The filing deadline is six months away. When you embark on this campaign, as I know from running statewide in 2018, it’s a long, grueling and brutal affair. There are 254 counties if you want to get it right. So I wouldn’t be surprised if people think about the scale and scale of the challenge, take a look at the field and make their decisions, but I’m confident the Democrats will put forward a strong candidate. “
Actor Matthew McConaughey is reportedly considering running for governor, but it’s unclear whether he would run as an Independent or a Democrat.
Gov. Abbott faces a major challenge from former Republican State Senator Don Huffines of Dallas.
O’Rourke said the key for Texas Democrats is to register voters and speak to residents outside of an election year.
The organization he founded, Powered by People, had volunteers at the rally to register participants to vote in the 2022 election.
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