May 272012
 

elect beto o'rourke texasHelp Elect Beto O’Rourke To Congress

By Anthony Johnson

It is easy to see why Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is an up-and-coming political talent in El Paso, Texas. politics. Born in 1972, he has already founded a successful IT company and defeated an incumbent city official to become one of the youngest city council members in El Paso history and in his latest re-election bid, he garnered 70% of the vote. Now, Mr. O’Rourke has his sights set on the United States Congress, as he is challenging another incumbent for the Democratic nomination for the 16th District of Texas. In their endorsement, the El Paso Times stated, “Sending Beto O’Rourke to Congress is an important next step in choosing leadership that positions El Paso to be a leading international city in the 21st century.”

Beto O’Rourke has already achieved national attention as he has led a local effort to help convince the federal government to re-think the failed War on Drugs. As a city council member, O’Rourke sponsored a resolution calling for an examination of prohibition. Mr. O’Rourke is passionate about ending prohibition because he sees the toll it plays on border towns as prohibition doesn’t prevent drug use, it only enriches cartels and organized crime syndicates able to flourish financially as drug prices are kept artificially high.

On his campaign web site, Mr. O’Rourke characterizes ending the Drug War as a social justice issue, stating, “I have spoken directly and passionately about the toll the drug war takes on Juarez and on the disproportionate impact it has on communities of color in the United States. I will continue to fight for what is best for El Paso and the U.S.-Mexico border.” He has spoken passionately and eloquently about the need to end the Drug War, saying, “I will do everything in my power to end this Drug War because it is literally killing our cities.”

Fresh off the heels of an historic victory for Ellen Rosenblum for Oregon Attorney General, the drug reform community has an opportunity to make a difference in this important race as well. Exit polling from early voting shows that Beto O’Rourke is leading incumbent Congressman Silvestre Reyes 52% to 45% and has a great chance to win. The drug reform community can help seal another victory for our cause by promoting Mr. O’Rourke in the final days of this campaign. The final day of voting is May 29th.

You can help spread the word about Mr. O’Rourke’s campaign by “Liking” his Facebook page. If you are able, please donate directly to his campaign. You can also donate to NCC so we can continue helping candidates with sensible drug reform policies across the country.

Source: National Cannabis Coalition

***

***

Print Friendly

About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OZFDOY7KTFSCU746VIG4RSEYZI Dan

    I will do what I am able to support any elected official who will put an end to cannabis laws.  I think that is unfair to expect these folks to do all the heavy lifting.  They need political cover.  The need us to get active, raise our voices, demand our rights.

    To those of you who are bemonimg elected officials who aren’t spoon feeding your rights and liberties to you, grow up! The champions of liberty and rights declare and enforce their liberties and rights. Pushing the “like” button doesn’t qualify as activisim. By being active in a cause provides political cover for elected officials. It is we, the American people who must do the heavy lifting. So here is what I’m doing, please read, understand and apply your efforts if you agree.

    The laws regarding cannabis were born on the wings of lies and pampered by propaganda such that now the tightly held belief systems are going to have to reckon with the desire of all humanity to live with dignity, free from the oppressive tyranny that ignorance and biggotry have spawned.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/all-elected-represenitives-and-the-united-nations-recognize-the-rights-of-cannabis-users

  • WarrenOsborn

    I don’t live in TX.  But I hope he gets elected and any anti-freedom TX Congressmen like Lamar Smith do not.

  • jway

    I will vote for any candidate willing to legalize adult marijuana sales.  I’m confident that Mr. O’Rourke will be successful in his bid for Congress and will be pivotal in ending the federal marijuana prohibition. Drug Dealers Don’t Card – Supermarkets Do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OklahomaWeed Oklahoma Weed

    I think most people today are taking the issue off medical cannabis into consideration when they select their candidate, as well they should. It is my opinion that a candidate that will support medical cannabis will also concern themselves with other issues that the people find important.  Â