Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke, who is seeking to unseat Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz, has been linked to a family that has had skirmishes with law enforcement, as well as the federal government over the past few decades, as well as covering potential ties to aiding drug cartels in El Paso since the 1980s, evidence shows.
O’Rourke, who is playing up a “family man” and “good boy” picture, is quickly trying to scrub or censor any mention of his family’s wrongdoings, as well as his ethical violations from public view on social media. The criminal-like behavior and history dates back to his father, Pat Francis O’Rourke, while he was Judge of El Paso county, and conducted in corrupt-like behavior, and extends to his mother, as well as his father-in-law for other miscellaneous crimes against the Government.
O’Rourke has recently been touted by outlets in Texas and national news as the starting of the “Blue wave” revolt. However, they have neglected to mention any of the information about his father’s and mother’s corruption, father-in-law’s bribery, as well as his own criminal record.
O’Rourke’s Own Criminal Record
Beto O’Rourke had found himself in trouble with Texas law enforcement twice in the 1990s.
According to court documents obtained in 2012 by a congressional opponent, and then relayed though a campaign ad aired in El Paso, O’Rourke had been arrested in 1995 for breaking and entering, as well as attempted burglary, in which he defended in a Washington Post interview stating it was a “prank gone awry.”
O’Rourke was arrested again in 1998 for driving under the influence, in which he did not defend, and called the incident “stupid” and regretted his decision, also stating that he was .
Another point in the video showed the then-councilman of El Paso publicly intoxicated dancing with a women, and then being smacked while lying on the floor seemingly enjoying it. The original video has since been deleted from YouTube, but Another video shot from the night displayed O’Rourke dancing with another woman at the club. It is unknown what happened in between the two videos, nor what is also depicted in the now-deleted spanking video.
O’Rourke won the House race despite the evidence put forth, and was sworn into congress in 2013.
Melissa O’Rourke’s IRS Run-In
Beto O’Rourke’s mother, Melissa, ran a furniture store based in El Paso called Charlotte’s Inc., which was a family owned business that has survived three generations of leadership.
In early 2010, the business was raided by Government and IRS agents, in which financial records were seized as part of a search warrant. Early allegations stemming from now-deleted news postings hinted that the business was the target of a money-laundering operation. No other further details were given through these sources.
In May of 2010, Melissa O’Rourke pleaded guilty to federal structuring violations and was ordered to pay $250,000 and the company was put on 5 years probation, according to a 2010 KVIA article based out of El Paso.
The article also referenced the following details from court proceedings and documents:
Charlotte’s, Inc., represented by its owner Melissa O’Rourke, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a one count Information charging the company with structuring transactions involving more than $630,000 in order to evade financial reporting requirements…
O’Rourke admitted that on 15 different occasions from May 2005-Oct. 2006 one or more of the company’s employees separated cash transactions for merchandise with each transaction ranging from $22,000 to $50,000. Each transaction was separated into multiple receipts.
No receipt amounted to more than $10,000 so that IRS reporting requirements could be avoided.
Details about a potential money-laundering operation, or where the unreported money went were never referenced, and the business shuttered in August of 2017.
Ethics Violations as El Paso Councilman
Beo O’Rourke’s father-in-law, William Sanders, is one of the main architects for the Paso Del Norte Group, a private organization that is mainly based in El Paso, as well as the southern New Mexico region, as well as the Ciudad Juarez region of Mexico.
Most of the activities and discussions of this group, as well as its members, are kept secret and have been sealed from public view. With massive influence, the group helps dictate restructuring plans in El Paso, as well as policy. The group has repeatedly denied allegations of conflict of interest.
In 2006, a citizen filed a complaint form against the group, Councilman Beto O’Rourke and his family for potential conflicts of interest on redevelopment plans, as well as collusion between several parities involved and abuse of eminent domain:
O’Rourke had initially agreed and supported the plan for redevelopment of the area, but was hit with threats of a recall election, which he survived, and abstained from the final vote due to potential conflicts of interest.
Problems with the plan arose from possible displacement of the persons in the area, as well as squashing small business out of the area and essentially monopolizing the area for entertainment.
Pat Francis O’Rourke and the “White Substance” Controversy.
Perhaps the biggest and most overlooked event in the O’Rourke’s family history stemmed from a 1983 case involving two members of the El Paso police department and Beto’s father Pat Francis, who was a County Judge for El Paso at the time.
We found a copy of The Times newspaper from Shreveport, Louisiana, dated October 20th, 1983 concerning the incident, over 8 months after the initial incident and the only article covering the incident in full:
“EL PASO, Texas (AP) – A sheriff’s captain suspended for three days says he told two deputies to destroy a white powdery substance found in the county judge’s vehicle because he thought the substance was planted. Capt. Willie Hill was suspended this week after an internal investigation verified that Hill told the deputies to “get rid of” the substance they found Feb. 26 while installing a two-way radio in the car of El Paso County Judge Pat O’Rourke. Sheriff Mike Davis ordered the suspension after the investigation last week. He said he became aware of the incident in July or August but did not initiate an internal investigation until after newsmen began questioning him. The substance was flushed down a toilet in Boykin’s home before a chemical analysis could be run, said Chief Sheriff’s Detective Fred Bonilla who investigated. Bonilla said a condom half full of an “off-white colored powder with black specks” that could have been cocaine or heroin allegedly was found in the glove compartment of O’Rourke’s auto. “I have no earthly idea of how it got there,” O’Rourke said this week.”
A second article obtained from The Baytown Sun in December of 1983 referenced Captain Willie Hill’s testimony about the destruction of the evidence:
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A sheriff’s captain admitted to a jury that he ordered the destruction of an unknown substance found in a judge’s car because he believed it was “a setup.” Capt. Willie Hill testified in his own behalf Wednesday at his trial on charges of tampering with evidence. Prosecutors allege he ordered the disposal of a suspicious white powdery substance found in El Paso County Judge Pat O’Rourke’s car. Jurors deliberated for nearly 2 hours Wednesday night without reaching a verdict. They were told by State District Judge Sam Callan to resume deliberations today. Hill told the jury he ordered the unknown substance [to be] destroyed because he believed it was planted to discredit a witness in a federal investigation involving the county jail. “I could see it was a setup. I could see the whole plan in my mind,” Hill said. He said one of the two deputies who discovered the substance last February was a key witness in a federal grand jury investigation into alleged inmate beatings at the El Paso County Jail in 1981. Hill said Deputy Dwight Jefferson testified against jailers, three of whom were indicted last week on charges of beating inmates, and “was very unpopular.” “I had calls telling me they were going to kill a soul brother,” Hill said, explaining that he thought people planted the substance in O’Rourke’s car because they knew Jefferson would be working on the vehicle and would find the substance. Both Hill and Jefferson are black. Hill, an [eleven]-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was indicted in October on misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and tampering with evidence. Callan dismissed the official misconduct charge Wednesday before the case went to the jury. Jefferson and Deputy Jim Boykin have said they found the suspicious substance, which they believed to be heroin, inside a condom while they were installing a two-way radio in O’Rourke’s car. The two men said that when they told Hill of the discovery he ordered it destroyed. Hill said Wednesday he did not believe the substance was evidence in any investigation and only wanted to protect Jefferson. He said he feared Jefferson would go to jail if anyone knew of the substance and said Jefferson would be killed in jail. “He’d be dead today,” he said, Jefferson and Boykin were granted immunity from prosecution in return for testimony against Hill. Under cross-examination, prosecutor Tom Roepke asked Hill if he ordered the substance destroyed for political reasons, pointing out that Hill was a “political and personal friend” of O’Rourke. ‘ He asked Hill if his judgment was “influenced more by political considerations than by your intention to uphold the law?” Roepke also asked Hill if he would order a substance be destroyed if it were found in an automobile that had just been involved in a traffic accident. Hill answered “no” to all Roepke’s questions, telling the court that he made the decision to destroy the substance in “a matter of four or five minutes.” “I was scared to death,” he said. “I didn’t think about all these things you’re bringing up. I knew it was a trap. I didn’t want to fall into that trap.” But he added just before he left the witness stand, “If I had the time to look at it (now), I’d make an entirely different decision than this.
The NYT also referenced the case in a small blurb about political infighting in El Paso in 1984 during an election year.
Shortly after the news began to reach newspaper outlets, the incident was quickly swept under the rug and O’Rourke was politically unscathed, but did not run for re-election in 1987, and promptly retired to a life of privacy, before being killed in 2001 after he was run over by a truck while biking.
Potential Collusion with Cartels?
Most of the evidence cited here points to a family that has a history of wrongdoing and getting off easily without major punishment for their financial crimes or other major law infractions. While comparable to the Clintons, there is also evidence that points to the family conducting themselves in several cartels, especially those that deal major business in the El Paso region of Texas.
Referencing the 1983 incident of Pat Francis O’Rourke, the case had been dismissed due to a “lack of evidence” since the white substance had been flushed down the toilet and there was no evidence that O’Rouke ordered the evidence to be destroyed.
However, at the same time that O’Rourke was caught with the evidence, the crime rate in El Paso had erupted to then-all time highs. At the same time, major drug cartels began to make their presence known in the El Paso region, as well as western and southern Texas, flooding the border region with illegal narcotics such as heroin and cocaine.
Under Judge O’Rourke’s watch, the Juarez cartel exploded in the region, causing El Paso to become a black market hub for narcotics traders and buyers. The judge also oversaw the creation of the Barrio Azteca, a prison gang that transformed into a transnational gang, mainly sparked by that 1981 beating of an inmate in an El Paso jail. The group began to unify with other cartels at the time, and began to morph an armed front in El Paso now called the La Linea, or armed front.
Also, a close family friend and now father-in-law William Sanders helped create the Paso Del Norte Group that caused problems for those living in rezoning and redevelopment prone areas, especially near the border. What is also interesting to note is that the group is mainly predominant in the Ciudad Juarez area of Mexico, as well as the El Paso region of Texas and southern New Mexico.
To add to the mystery, once again, the membership of this group is private, and all Freedom of Information Act requests have been nullified. It is likely that the group had influence from Mexican entrepreneurs, as well as potential gang members and businesses influenced by the cartel business to develop the redevelopment plan to help lure El Paso residents into areas prone to drug-trafficking. The same plan Beto O’Rourke happily endorsed.
Then in 2001, Pat Francis O’Rourke died in a freak accident, in which a pickup truck rammed him from behind while biking, crushing him to death underneath the tires before speeding off. A suspect was never apprehended. Investigations concluded no foul play despite his past incident in 1983, and his abrupt retirement from law.
But between May of 2005 and October of 2006, a strange event occurred in the family business. On 15 different occasions, Melissa O’Rourke broke transactions between $22,000 to $50,000 and broken into specific patterns so that the receipts would NOT have to be reported to the IRS. Totals from the operation amounted to $630,000 in total, and the money was never traced to where it was sent. This also occurred around the same time the redevelopment plan was being constructed, nearly totaling $800,000 over two years of research.
While there is no concrete evidence of direct collusion between O’Rourke’s family and the cartels, these points must be noted. In most cases, the evidence compiled strongly suggests some sort of activity between Beto O’Rourke, his family and the cartels. In a sense, it is possible his policies might be influenced by these strong cartels and businesses associated, and these activities may have ended up murdering his father.
Beto O’Rourke has been mum about his past and the events revolving around, and has even attempted to play up these incidents or swept them under the rug. While there is no hard evidence to suggest collusion between the parties, the evidence that has been presented suggest a troubling past for the young Texas representative.
UPDATE: June 10th, 2018 10pm
Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz has raised these facts against Beto O’Rourke, firing off a press release citing his Mother’s fraudulent business, the same day as our second article went online.
The press release states the following:
Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke said in an interview published Tuesday that he wants to force businesses — such as a “local furniture store” — to collect taxes for sales made across state lines. His plan would add layers of government compliance costs to local businesses and require business owners in Texas to collect sales tax for other states.
It is an interesting policy position given his family history of breaking tax laws while running a furniture store in El Paso.
“Rep. Beto O’Rourke has been campaigning on ethics in government, but he’s been hiding his mother’s conviction for tax fraud, his personal stake in her furniture company and his profiting from the company,” said Cruz campaign spokeswoman Emily Miller. “Texans deserve elected officials with strong values and ethics.”