Beto O & # 39; Rourke boasts of having & # 39; Republican & # 39; mother – despite her frequent votes for Democrats

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Democratic presidential candidate candidate Bet O&R 39, Rourke Spying on her "Republican" mother during a campaign conversation in Iowa last week, despite voting in the Democratic primates since 2000, according to media reports.

The 46-year-old former Texas Congressman has toured Iowa after recently announced its white house bid. While attempting to appeal to voters in the early primary state, Rourke spoke about how his mother, Melissa O & R; Rourke, is a lifelong republican who crossed party lines during his failed US Senate bid last year.

"This campaign, which we ran in Texas, produced something far bigger and stronger than the sum of people or parts involved. People crossed party lines and I know it personally because my mother, a Republican, voted for us at the election" O & # 39; Rourke told voters in Fort Madison on Thursday, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

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But a closer look at Melissa O & # 39; Rourke's voice history shows that she has mostly voted for the Texas Democratic Primaries since 2000 and has donated money to candidates from both major parties.

Rourke in the past has acknowledged that his mother's policy was not as red as he describes during campaign events.

"I sometimes introduce my mother, and I ask her a bit like," My mother is a lifelong Republican, but we made her vote for us in this race. "One day she came up to me and she said," You know, it's just not right: I would describe myself as an independent now, not a republican, "Rourke said. BuzzFeed News in an august profile. "Absolutely not a democrat." I don't know what the size of this universe is, but anecdotally we meet many people who have described themselves that way. "

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Melissa O&R; Rourke told CNN that she mostly voted democratically in regional elections because of the party's dominance in El Paso, the area her son represented when he served in the House of Representatives. She said she moved away from the Republican party because of opposition to President Trump, The Free Beacon reported.

CNN noticed it she voted in 15 of the last 17 primaries on the democratic side.

But Chris Evans, Communications Director of R&D's Senate Campaign, noted that "with the exception of 2016, Melissa has always voted for Republican for president."

Beto O & # 39; Rourke also recently offered an apology to fun about "sometimes" helping his wife raise the couple's children.