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As Beto O'Rourke's popularity within the Democrat party rises, Bernie Sanders supporters appear to be making a concerted effort to take O'Rourke down.
While neither Texas Rep. O'Rourke, 46, or Vermont Sen. Sanders, 77, have declared that they intend to seek the party's presidential nomination for the 2020 election, that hasn't stopped Sanders' supporters from attacking O'Rourke both online and in print, NBC News reported.
O'Rourke - Attention - Democrats - Senate - Incumbent
O'Rourke captured the attention of Democrats nationwide while running for Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz, a Republican, during the November midterm elections. Despite losing by 2.6 per cent of the vote, many supporters see him as the potential ticket to unseating Donald Trump during the 2020 election or hope that he'll land the vice president slot on the ballot.
The problem with O'Rourke, Sanders supporters say, is that he isn't a progressive enough candidate for their tastes. To them, O'Rourke is too cozy with corporate donors and congressional Republicans and unwilling to use his newfound spotlight to help other Democrats, to say nothing of his voting record.
Journalist - David - Sirota - Sanders - Past
Journalist David Sirota, who had worked for Sanders in the past, started the ball rolling by tweeting his surprise that O'Rourke had received the second-highest amount of donations from the oil and gas industry in 2018. Cruz took the top spot.
Sirota, however, failed to acknowledge the fact that O'Rourke refused money from corporate PACs, that the donations came from a handful of executives and lower level employees employed by oil and gas companies — Texas' biggest industries — and that all the donations combined accounted for less than 0.5 per cent of the money O'Rourke raised for his midterm campaign, according to NBC News.
Sirota - O'Rourke - Criticism - Article - Capital
Sirota then doubled down on his O'Rourke criticism with an article he wrote for Capital & Main in which he examined O'Rourke's voting...
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