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Beto O'Rourke's family has always called him 'Beto.' Here's why.

Trish Long, El Paso Times Published 1:00 p.m. MT March 11, 2019 | Updated 5:29 p.m. MT March 13, 2019Beto O’Rourke’s full name is Robert Francis O’Rourke. But his family and friends have always called him “Beto.”He was named after his grandfathers, and his mother, Melissa O’Rourke, said on the campaign trail during his U.S.…

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Trish Long, El Paso Times
Published 1:00 p.m. MT March 11, 2019 | Updated 5:29 p.m. MT March 13, 2019

Beto O’Rourke’s full name is Robert Francis O’Rourke. But his family and friends have always called him “Beto.”

He was named after his grandfathers, and his mother, Melissa O’Rourke, said on the campaign trail during his U.S. Senate run that “Robert” — her father’s name — didn’t seem to fit when he was a baby.

The family has deep roots in El Paso, and “Beto” is a common shortening of the name “Roberto,” or “Robert.”

During the Texas race, Sen. Ted Cruz accused O’Rourke of changing his name to appeal to voters in his first campaign ad of the race. That attack earned coverage from statewide and national news outlets — as well as “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which did not have kind words for “Ted,” whose given name is Rafael Edward Cruz.

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Cruz’s 60-second radio ad, released as soon as O’Rourke won the Democratic nomination, was set to the tune of “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band),” by Alabama.

The song’s titular main refrain was swapped for “If you’re going to run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal man.” 

It went on to make very specific critiques of O’Rourke, about guns, immigration and the nickname that has graced all of the Democrat’s campaign materials:

“I remember reading stories liberal Robert wanted to fit in


So he changed his name to Beto and hid it with a grin


Beto wants those open borders and he wants to take our guns


Not a chance on earth he’ll get a vote from millions of Texans.”

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O’Rourke didn’t have much to say about the ad when it aired, but shared a post to his social media pages to clear up any doubt that he made the decision to go by Beto when he started his political career.

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The El Paso Times checked with the owner of the Montessori school O’Rourke attended as a child in El Paso, and confirmed that he was listed as “Beto O’Rourke” on the school’s roster.

On the campaign trail, he’s not Congressman O’Rourke or even Beto O’Rourke. He’s just Beto.

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Stephen Colbert’s take

Comedian Stephen Colbert, host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” offered some pointed criticism of Cruz’s song during one of his shows. 

He took particular issue with the ad’s lyrics, which Colbert said weren’t as poetic as they could have been.

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“You can’t rhyme ‘man’ with ‘man,’ you monster,” Colbert said. “What are you doing? Have you no shame?” 

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To show the Texas senator how easy it is to avoid this situation, he offered a song of his own: 

“If you’re going to run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal man


Maybe that kind of thing would fly up way up in Spokane


Sometimes I’ll eat a pecan, with my friend Tarzan


Do you see how easy it was, not to rhyme man with man?

Finding good rhymes can be tough, on that we are agreed



I recommend rhymezone.com, they’ve got the rhymes you need


And sometimes lines don’t have to rhyme, they can end in different sounds


Just don’t rhyme a word with the same word, also Ted Cruz sucks.” 

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Car accident kills three, including an El Paso man, Sunday in New Mexico

Sun-News report Published 9:00 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 | Updated 9:01 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Do you know what to do if you’re in an accident? WochitHIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal…

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Published 9:00 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 | Updated 9:01 a.m. MT March 26, 2019

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HIDALGO COUNTY — A fiery crash along Interstate 10 in western New Mexico claimed three lives, including an El Paso man.

New Mexico State Police responded to the fatal head-on collision at mile marker 19, near Lordsburg, about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Police said a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck was traveling east on Interstate 10, when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the center median and hit a west-bound 2013 Kenworth semi-truck head on. The Freightliner’s trailer hit a 1999 Dodge pickup that was also traveling west. Both semi-trucks caught on fire.

Three people died in the crash: Sean White, 50, of West Covina, California, was the driver of the Freightliner; Jose Apodaca, 47, of El Paso, was the driver of the Kenworth; and Susan Rojo, 47, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was a passenger in the Dodge.

A 51-year-old male driving the Dodge and a 13-year-old female passenger in the pickup, both believed to be from Arizona, were transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor and seat belt use has not been determined. Police are continuing to investigate.

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Beto campaign manager was aide to Barack Obama in 2012, signals shift in O'Rourke strategy

John C Moritz, El Paso Times Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019CLOSE Linguist Roberto Perezdiaz sheds light on the pronunciation and mispronunciation of the nickname ‘Beto.’ Mark R Lambie, El Paso TimesThe move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political…

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Published 6:03 p.m. MT March 25, 2019 | Updated 7:37 a.m. MT March 26, 2019

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The move signals the former El Paso congressman is willing to invest in top political talent as he seeks to emerge from a crowded field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

A former top strategist for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort is joining Texan Beto O’Rourke as a campaign manager for his 2020 presidential bid.

The addition of Jen O’Malley Dillon gives O’Rourke a seasoned, high-level operative as he attempts to distinguish himself in a crowded field of candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump next year.

“We’re exited that Jen O’Malley Dillon has joined our team,” O’Rourke said Monday in text message forwarded by his campaign. “Her leadership and creativity will be a great addition to a campaign that is already doing so much to bring people together to overcome the greatest set of challenges this country has ever faced.”

I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice.

— Jen O’Malley Dillon (@jomalleydillon) March 25, 2019

O’Malley Dillon was Obama’s deputy campaign manager. She said in a series of tweets that as a mother of two she wants to make a better world for her children. Her hiring was first reported by the New York Times.

“I’m so excited to join the @betoorourke team and get to work building a campaign that will lift people up and unite them to meet our challenges, and that will show up everywhere and listen to & value every voice,” she said in one of the tweets.

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She added, “and not gonna lie, pretty excited for our kids to get a chance to live in El Paso, where” her husband grew up.

Her husband, Patrick Dillon, was the deputy director of political affairs and special assistant to Obama.

O’Malley Dillon is a co-founder of the political communications firm, Precision Strategies, which worked for Obama in 2012 and also represents the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation, according to its website.

Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, said the hiring of O’Malley Dillon is a signal O’Rourke recognizes that he cannot run his presidential bid with the same seat-of-the pants style that became a trademark in his narrow loss to U.S.Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas last year.

“Getting someone who knows what it takes to win, especially an old Obama hand, is huge,” Rottinghaus said. “Going from a U.S. Senate campaign to a presidential campaign is like going from the minor leagues to the major leagues. This says Beto knows he needs top talent.”

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O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman, gave up a safe Democratic seat representing El Paso to challenge Cruz. He entered the presidential race March 14 and immediately hit the road to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary and caucus states on next year’s political calendar.

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Days after saying he would join the presidential race, O’Rourke said he had raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after his formal announcement — the biggest first-day haul of any of the announced Democrats. He edged Bernie Sanders’ $5.9 million, raised from 223,000 individual donors. The O’Rourke campaign said later that it received 128,000 unique contributions.

O’Rourke plans what he’s calling a “launch” on Saturday with a morning rally in El Paso to be followed by two more home-state rallies — one in Houston that afternoon and a nighttime event in Austin, a block from the Texas Capitol.

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A train hit a pedestrian in an El Paso crash Tuesday morning

Aaron Martinez, El Paso Times Published 7:32 a.m. MT March 26, 2019 CLOSE If you know the man who on March 12 walked into the Walgreens at the Fountains at Farah and stole more than $600, you could earn a reward. Courtesy Crime Stoppers of El Paso, El Paso TimesA pedestrian was struck by a…

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A pedestrian was struck by a train early Tuesday morning in the Upper Valley, officials said.

The incident happened at Spur 16 and Doniphan Drive near Canutillo High School, El Paso Police Department officials said.

The pedestrian’s current condition and name were not released.

The El Paso Police Department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is investigating the accident.

No further information has been released.

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Aaron Martinez may be reached at 546-6249; aamartinez@elpasotimes.com; @AMartinez31 on Twitter.

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