The least popular lawmaker in America has come to Texas to stump for Democrat candidates including the one challenging Ted Cruz.

Earlier this week Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi descended upon the Lone Star State to raise money and support for Democrats running for Congress, who, if enough of them win, allow for her to retake the position of Speaker of the House.

While campaigning for Veronica Escobar, the Democrat nominee and likely heir to the congressional seat currently held by US Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, Pelosi praised O’Rourke for his position on immigration, reportedly telling the crowd she was, “very excited about the leadership that Beto O’Rourke has brought to [immigration issues] and what hopefully he will bring to the Senate.”

The top of the ticket for Texas Democrats, O’Rourke is running against Sen. Ted Cruz in a race that has received attention and fawning from progressive activists and liberal media nationwide.

As President Donald Trump has pointed out in recent weeks, Pelosi’s position on immigration is weak, to say the least, with Trump calling Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues out on their dream for open borders.

O’Rourke staked out his own radical position on immigration, telling reporters last month that he was “open” to abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and later voting against a resolution honoring ICE officers, being just one of seven Texas Democrats to vote against the measure.

Cruz quickly took to Twitter to share the statement from Pelosi, warning “if you want more Pelosi on immigration, vote Beto.”

Residing in the state with the longest border with Mexico, Texans know the dangers of illegal immigration all too well. Indeed, it was that reality which prompted state lawmakers to pass a ban on sanctuary cities last session. O’Rourke’s desire for dismantling ICE in favor of open borders is not likely to play well with Texas voters in November.

And having the endorsement of a liberal California congresswoman is not likely to help either. After all, “if you’re gonna run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal man.”

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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