From the “how did this not come out in that major Senate race he ran against Ted Cruz last year” files, the Daily Caller reports:
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke paid roughly $110,000 in campaign funds to a web development company while either he or his wife owned it, public records show.
Beto for Texas paid Stanton Street Technology Group $58,544 during the 2011-12 election cycle, $39,060 during the 2013-14 cycle, $9,290 in the 2015-16 cycle and $32,778 during the 2017-18 cycle, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The story goes on to note that such an arrangement probably isn’t illegal. But it isn’t ethical, either.
Such a story gets to the heart of the Beto paradox: here’s a guy who has done very little in his political career that says “I can govern a country of over 300,000,000 people.”
Then he suddenly decides to run for President based on little more than a high social media profile and the attention garnered from coming sort of close to beating Ted Cruz (which is also called losing).
The impression one gets is that Beto is just a figurehead, a bucket into which Democrats can pour all of their hopes and dreams. Beto’s edge, if you can call it that, is that he is so milquetoast that every one of his supporters can project their aspirations onto him.
Interestingly, the same was said of Barack Obama.
But as all honest people will admit, even we conservatives, Obama had a lot more going for him than Beto. Beto has literally zero experience to be President. Obama had a lot more experience, even from having served as an Illinois State Senator, than Beto had.
If you add Joe Biden to the mix, Obama even had substantial federal-level experience on the team. Can anyone see a Democrat nominee Beto picking an experienced hand to be his VP? Of course not.
I never thought I’d be defending Obama, but compared to Beto, Obama was vastly more qualified to be President. I do not believe Obama was a good president – not even close.
Beto is a blank canvas. And if you rip off the canvas, the veneer he wants you to see, you find stuff that isn’t so great – because it’s the plain truth.