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By Dareh Gregorian
Beto O & # 39; Rourke Formally threw his hat in the ring to 2020 democratic presidential election nomination Thursday. Here are some things you may not know about the native Texan:
1. WIFE ON A BLIND DATE
Rourke met then Amy Hoover Sanders on blind date in El Paso after being set up by friends. He took her across the border to Juarez, Mexico, for drinks. "It was a bit of a test to see if she was up for an adventure," he told the Washington Post in 2017. They were married 10 months later.
2. WORK AS A NANNY
After graduating from Columbia University, Rourke worked after a few months as a live-in nanny for a family on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He took several other temporary concertsincluding as an artist for a company called Hedley's Humpers. Later he returned to El Paso, where he started his own media company called Stanton Street. It helped build and maintain websites and published a completely weekly style paper.
3. POLICY IN THE FAMILY
Rourke's Dad, Pat O & # 39; Rourke, El Paso County was commissioner from 1978 to 1982 and a county judge from 1982 to 1986. Father also worked on Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign in 1988.
4. NEXT NEXT
While best known for losing his Senate campaign against the incumbent Ted Cruz in 2018, Rourke had been 5-0 ahead of it. He was elected El Paso City Council in 2005, defeated a two-man man, and was later re-elected. He ran for Congress in 2012, and reportedly knocked on 16,000 doors to defeat an eight-man in the democratic primary. He earned three times before he put his senate bid where he was defeated by heavy favorite Cruz with a margin of 50.9 percent to 48.3 percent.
5. One & # 39; PUNK & # 39; KID
O & # 39; Rourke has said he got into punk music in eighth grade thanks to the classic Clash album "London Calling." He and three friends formed a band called Waterfall, and made a post called "El Paso Pussycats"in 1993. Rourke played bass.
6. AND ARREST RECORD
Vinyl is not Rourke's only kind of record. He was arrested in 1995 to sneak under a fence with some friends to enter the property at the University of Texas in El Paso. An illegal burglary was dropped next year. In 1998, Rourke was arrested for what he called a "far more serious mistake: I was under the influence." He was allegedly speed and hit a truck. No injuries were reported. The tax was dismissed in 1999 after R&D completed a DWI program.
Rourke is a longtime skateboarder – and did an interview with boarding bible Thrasher Magazine during his senate run.
8. BIG BOOKS
Rourke says one of his favorite books is Homer's "The Odyssey," and he named his eldest son Ulysses, 12, according to the classical poet's main character. He and his wife, who now head a nonprofit focused on education, has two other children, Molly and Henry. They also have two dogs and one cat.
9. THE NICKNAME
Rourke is of Irish descent, and his full name is Robert Francis O & # 39; Rourke. Rourke said his parents started calling him "Beto" – a common nickname for Roberto in Mexico – as a child. Cruz accused him of adopting the name to sound Spanish-speaking during their bitter senate battle. It suffered Rourke's supporters to accuse Cruz, whose first name is Raphael, to use his nickname as his first name to sound less Spanish-speaking. Rourke also tweeted a picture of himself wearing a shirt named as a child to prove he was not the Beto-come lately.
10. SHOULD BE RUN …
Rourke's father reportedly told people that he had given his son the nickname in part, only if he had ever decided to run for office in El Paso. "I think so, I think so," Rourke told Dallas Morning News when told about what his father had said. "He was visionary that way."