Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz issued a call Friday for every journalist to ask his Democratic challenger, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, just two questions.
Two basic Qs every reporter should ask Beto today: (1) should the “caravan” be allowed to cross illegally into Texas? (Beto refuses to answer.) And (2) did your campaign dollars illegally fund their doing so? https://t.co/5HcePn3AGs
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 2, 2018
Sen. Cruz appeared to be referencing a video, released Thursday by James O’Keefe’s guerrilla journalism organization, Project Veritas. In that video, an undercover operative obtained footage appearing to show members of O’Rourke’s campaign staff alluding to campaign resources that were being used to assist migrants as they approach the Texas border. (RELATED: Project Veritas Catches Andrew Gillum Campaign Staffer Calling White People Slur)
NEW VERITAS: “Nobody needs to know” Beto Campaign Appears to Illegally Spend Funds on Supplies for Caravan Aliens, Campaign Manager Says “Don’t Worry” https://t.co/EMgRMtrwl1 … pic.twitter.com/ZguY26W42l
— PVeritas Action (@PVeritas_Action) November 2, 2018
O’Keefe confronted Jody Casey, O’Rourke’s campaign manager, informing her that he had staff members on video talking about illegally using campaign funds to assist migrants — and she walked away without commenting.
Beto Campaign Manager, @jodyforbeto, your staffer says “I have the messages to prove” she got approval to use campaign resources to aid caravan migrants, which were transported to “airports… bus stations.” In the video you said “Don’t Worry” but in person you said “No comment” pic.twitter.com/GUwGDq28zI
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 2, 2018
In spite of O’Rourke’s populist appeal and massive fundraising success, Cruz appears to have the edge going into Tuesday’s midterm election. The latest Real Clear Politics average shows him holding his seat with a margin greater than six percentage points.