In his campaign to unseat Ted Cruz from the U.S. Senate, El Paso Democrat (and non-Latino) Beto O’Rourke has portrayed his opponent with the GOP stereotype of supporting the rich over the working class. What O’Rourke isn’t telling you, however, is that his own working-class image is a sham itself.
According to a report from NBC DFW, O’Rourke has a personal worth nearly twice that of Sen. Cruz. It’s a fact that he doesn’t tout, and few media sources will even mention about the punk rocker-turned congressman.
On the campaign trail, O’Rourke often dresses down and travels in an older Toyota Tundra, which he claims was the first new vehicle he ever got to buy. He travels to campaign in small Texas towns, selling an “everyman” image that implies he is just like the working class voters whose support he is seeking.
NBC DFW has found, however, that O’Rourke came from a wealthy family of Republicans, and then married into a family of prominent El Paso real estate developers. That connection helped him build a real estate portfolio worth millions.
In 2015, Beto O’Rourke had a net worth of $9 million, which made him one of the wealthiest members of Congress. Out of 435 House members, O’Rourke ranks 51st, which places him near the the top 10%. Those numbers come from the Center for Responsive Politics, and it means he over twice as wealthy as Cruz, who has a personal wealth of $3.8 million. That personal value ranks Cruz 41st out of the 100 U.S. senators.
O’Rourke lives in a 4,700 square-foot, Hacienda-style home in El Paso, while Cruz lives in a high-end condo in the Houston area.
Beto O’Rourke has supported a number of left-wing, socialist policies, including single-payer health care, a rise in the minimum wage, and a forgiveness of college student debt. That support flies in the face of his capitalism-based wealth, which is why it rarely gets mentioned by his campaign.
After graduating from Columbia University, O’Rourke lived and worked in a variety of jobs in New York City, including working as a nanny.
He later moved back to El Paso, where he married into a wealthy family and ran successfully for city council. He later unseated an incumbent Democrat in 2012 to win a seat in the House of Representatives.
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