Recently, the Texas GOP tweeted images of Democrat contender Beto O’Rourke’s mugshot, after the Senate hopeful was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in 1995.
O’Rourke, who is challenging Republican Ted Cruz for his Senate seat, has gained popularity among younger Democrats in the tightening race.
After recently refusing to debate Cruz, the Texas GOP responded with a tweet stating, “There’s always the chance that Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke won’t debate Senator Cruz because he got into a hazy situation…”
The tweet also included O’Rourke’s mugshot, as well as a caption reading, “Sorry, can’t debate. Had a little too much to drink.”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 29, 2018
From The Hill:
The Texas Republican Party invoked a decades-old mug shot from Rep. Beto O’Rourke‘s (D-Texas) prior arrest as part of a series of jabs at the congressman for declining to debate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“There’s always the chance that Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke won’t debate Senator Cruz because he got into a hazy situation…” the Texas GOP tweeted from its official account late Tuesday.
The tweet included O’Rourke’s mugshot from an arrest. The photo included a message that reads: “Sorry, Can’t debate. Had a little too much to drink.”
O’Rourke has acknowledged his prior arrests on multiple occasions over the years as he ran for office. In an op-ed for The Houston Chronicleearlier this week calling for Texas to implement criminal justice reforms, O’Rourke addressed his two past run-ins with the law.
He wrote that he spent a night in El Paso County Jail in 1995 for jumping a fence at the University of Texas at El Paso, and was released on bail the next day.
“Three years later, I was arrested for drunk driving – a far more serious mistake for which there is no excuse,” O’Rourke wrote.
O’Rourke has maintained he was not convicted in either case. The DWI charge was dismissed after he completed a diversion program the following year.