If Democrats were hoping O’Rourke would do the Democratic Party thing and support spreading the wealth like its most spotlight-centric leaders like to suggest, then they’ll be sorely disappointed.
O’Rourke was recently asked if he’d be sharing the $38 million he raised with other Democratic candidates, and flatly turned that idea down according to The Hill:
“No,” O’Rourke told a reporter who asked if he would share the funds with candidates in tighter races, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I’m focused on Texas. Most of our contributions have come from Texas. All of them have come from people. Not a dime from PACs,” he said, according to the report.
O’Rourke added that he is honoring “the commitment that those who’ve contributed to this campaign have made to me.”
“If they want to contribute to someone else, they should do so. If they want to contribute to a campaign that’s going to win this historic victory for Texas and the country, then I’m grateful for the contribution and I’m going to make the most of it, so that’s what we’re focused on,” he said.
If you’re a fan of Bernie Sanders or understand and agree with whatever Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is talking about, then O’Rourke is probably not your guy. O’Rourke isn’t going to “spread the wealth,” even when it comes to the money he raised in other states such as California, and New York.
This actually shouldn’t surprise anyone. O’Rourke, like any good Democrat, loves his wealth. He loves wealth so much that he has a history of using crony capitalism to support using eminent domain to seize land from the poor, then pocketing cash from the development companies he makes deals with to build on the land.
Regardless of how much money O’Rourke has made, it’s not amounting to much. As it stands, Ted Cruz is pulling away from O’Rourke thanks to the Kavanaugh effect and the fact that Texans were likely going to mobilize closer to November anyway.
O’Rourke may have raised a lot of money, but so did Jon Ossoff. Regardless, it looks like Democrats will have to face their respective races without the help of O’Rourke and his millions.