How a web designer named O’Rourke slew a congressional giant in El Paso | Capital New York

This could be Rep. Rangel’s worst nightmare. His House colleague, Silvestre Reyes (D-El Paso) lost in a newly redistricted district to Robert O’Rourke, a former city councilman backed by the Campaign for Primary Accountability superPAC, which dedicated to defeating incumbents. The Campaign for Primary Accountability is supporting state Senator Adriano Espaillat in his bid to unseat Rep. Rangel.

In a district that covers the city of El Paso, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, an eight-term incumbent and former chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, was handily defeated by a 39-year-old former city councilman, Columbia student and rock musician named Robert (Beto) O’Rourke.

Even before ballots were cast, outsiders were sizing up the national implications of the potential upset.

Last week, the Economist’s “Democracy in America” blog suggested that O’Rourke’s rising fortunes were owed to anti-incumbency fervor—a mini Tea Party rebellion that has seen moderate House Democrats like Pennsylvania’s Tim Holden dispatched by challenges from the left. And Reyes was part of a bipartisan group of congressmen targeted by The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a super PAC that aims to oust incumbents. Some liberal blogs also attributed O’Rourke’s victory to his favorable stance towards marijuana legalization, an issue with particular salience in a district that sits across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, which has been ravaged by Mexico’s drug war.

Some of the people who followed the race most closely, however, ascribe its outcome to a more specific, less universally profound factor: O’Rourke is a really talented politician.

via How a web designer named O’Rourke slew a congressional giant in El Paso | Capital New York.

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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1 Response to How a web designer named O’Rourke slew a congressional giant in El Paso | Capital New York

  1. Beatriz says:

    excellent post. fascinating reading. i’d be happy to have you submit your article links for any future postings such as these you feel might be useful for your readership.


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