Following Beto’s defeat, some staffers have been reconsidering whether he was truly a progressive or just posing as one. The Free Beacon reports:
Two former staffers for Robert Francis O’Rourke’s failed Senate campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) are now supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for president, citing O’Rourke’s insufficiently progressive record.
Autumn Lanning and Bryant Young, who worked as student staffers on O’Rourke’s Senate campaign, became disillusioned with the former congressman, the Texas Tribune reports.
“We were definitely very, very caught up and invested in it,” Lanning said. “It was after the election that we started being like like, ok his voting record actually is horrible.”
Despite working on his campaign, Lanning and Young admitted to not taking the time to look over O’Rourke’s past votes and policy views.
This could herald bad news for Beto, where any loss of support can be a big blow in a race with such a large number of candidates.