Beto O\'Rourke Supporter Teams Up With Houston Homeowner To Confront Sign Thieves In A Creative Way

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  • 1. He used to be in a punk rock bandHe formed the punk rock band Foss in El Paso. They went on to tour around the United States and Canada. They sounded like early NOFX, if that means anything to you. You can see a performance here on YouTube. It's loud.  Photo: Ivan Pierre Aguirre For The Washington Post / For The Washington Post

    1. He used to be in a punk rock band

    He formed the punk rock band Foss in El Paso. They went on to tour around the United States and Canada. They sounded like early NOFX, if that means anything to you. You can see a performance here on YouTube. It's loud less

    1. He used to be in a punk rock band

    He formed the punk rock band Foss in El Paso. They went on to tour around the United States and Canada. They sounded like early NOFX, if that means anything to you. You can ... more Photo: Ivan Pierre Aguirre For The Washington Post
  • 2. Famous friendsOddly, the most famous member of Foss would end up being the drummer, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who moved on to the cult-favorite bands At the Drive-In (seen here in 2000) and the Mars Volta. 

    2. Famous friends

    Oddly, the most famous member of Foss would end up being the drummer, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who moved on to the cult-favorite bands At the Drive-In (seen here in 2000) and the Mars Volta. 

    2. Famous friends

    Oddly, the most famous member of Foss would end up being the drummer, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who moved on to the cult-favorite bands At the Drive-In (seen here in 2000) and the Mars Volta. 
  • 3. He's also an Ivy LeaguerLike his opponent across the aisle, O'Rourke also went to college in the Ivy League. He graduated from Columbia University in 1995 with an English degree.

    3. He's also an Ivy Leaguer

    Like his opponent across the aisle, O'Rourke also went to college in the Ivy League. He graduated from Columbia University in 1995 with an English degree.

    3. He's also an Ivy Leaguer

    Like his opponent across the aisle, O'Rourke also went to college in the Ivy League. He graduated from Columbia University in 1995 with an English degree.
  • 4. Early startHe ran for and won his first race for city council at 32, with a focus on downtown development and border issues, seeing the two as inextricably linked. He wrote a book about the drug war and offered legislation calling for an "honest, open national debate on ending the prohibition on narcotics." Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

    4. Early start

    He ran for and won his first race for city council at 32, with a focus on downtown development and border issues, seeing the two as inextricably linked. He wrote a book about the drug war and offered legislation calling for an "honest, open national debate on ending the prohibition on narcotics." less

    4. Early start

    He ran for and won his first race for city council at 32, with a focus on downtown development and border issues, seeing the two as inextricably linked. He wrote a book about the drug war and ... more Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.
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  • 5. He's got priorsIn 1995, he was arrested for breaking and entering, a prank gone awry, he says, when some friends bet they could get past a fence surrounding a local college. Then there was the 1998 drunken driving arrest, an incident he says was

    5. He's got priors

    In 1995, he was arrested for breaking and entering, a prank gone awry, he says, when some friends bet they could get past a fence surrounding a local college. Then there was the 1998 drunken driving arrest, an incident he says was "stupid" and regrets. less

    5. He's got priors

    In 1995, he was arrested for breaking and entering, a prank gone awry, he says, when some friends bet they could get past a fence surrounding a local college. Then there was the 1998 drunken ... more Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP
  • 6. He's youngAt just 44 years old he would be one of the youngest people in the United States Senate. Just Brian Schatz, Chris Murphy, Cory Gardner and Tom Cotton are younger. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

    6. He's young

    At just 44 years old he would be one of the youngest people in the United States Senate. Just Brian Schatz, Chris Murphy, Cory Gardner and Tom Cotton are younger.

    6. He's young

    At just 44 years old he would be one of the youngest people in the United States Senate. Just Brian Schatz, Chris Murphy, Cory Gardner and Tom Cotton are younger. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.
  • 7. Beto?His real name is Robert Francis O'Rourke. Beto is a shortened version of his childhood nickname, Roberto. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

    7. Beto?

    His real name is Robert Francis O'Rourke. Beto is a shortened version of his childhood nickname, Roberto.

    7. Beto?

    His real name is Robert Francis O'Rourke. Beto is a shortened version of his childhood nickname, Roberto. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.
  • 8. Irish rootsThe El Paso native is a fourth-generation Irish-American. His father was El Paso County Judge Pat O'Rourke, who died in a bicycle accident in 2001 in New Mexico.  Photo: Billy Calzada, Staff / San Antonio Express-News

    8. Irish roots

    The El Paso native is a fourth-generation Irish-American. His father was El Paso County Judge Pat O'Rourke, who died in a bicycle accident in 2001 in New Mexico. 

    8. Irish roots

    The El Paso native is a fourth-generation Irish-American. His father was El Paso County Judge Pat O'Rourke, who died in a bicycle accident in 2001 in New Mexico.  Photo: Billy Calzada, Staff
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  • 9. Early supportersThe Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Beto O'Rourke in 2014.

    9. Early supporters

    The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Beto O'Rourke in 2014.

    9. Early supporters

    The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Beto O'Rourke in 2014.
  • 10. Five years in officeO'Rourke was elected to represent the 16th District of Texas in November 2012.  Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

    10. Five years in office

    O'Rourke was elected to represent the 16th District of Texas in November 2012. 

    10. Five years in office

    O'Rourke was elected to represent the 16th District of Texas in November 2012.  Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.
  • 11. Married lifeHe is married to Amy Sanders and they have three children together. The couple wed in 2005. They live in the Sunset Height area of El Paso. Sanders is the daughter of real estate mogul Bill Sanders. 

    11. Married life

    He is married to Amy Sanders and they have three children together. The couple wed in 2005. They live in the Sunset Height area of El Paso. Sanders is the daughter of real estate mogul Bill Sanders.  less

    11. Married life

    He is married to Amy Sanders and they have three children together. The couple wed in 2005. They live in the Sunset Height area of El Paso. Sanders is the daughter of real estate mogul Bill ... more
  • 12. The first dateHe told a TEDx audience in late 2016 during a talk on the border that he and his wife's first date occurred in part at the Kentucky Club in Juarez, across the border from El Paso (seen here). He took her there to impress her, he said. The bar opened in 1920 during Prohibition. It's on a list of Texas

    12. The first date

    He told a TEDx audience in late 2016 during a talk on the border that he and his wife's first date occurred in part at the Kentucky Club in Juarez, across the border from El Paso (seen here). He took her there to impress her, he said. The bar opened in 1920 during Prohibition. It's on a list of Texas "bucket list" bars less

    12. The first date

    He told a TEDx audience in late 2016 during a talk on the border that he and his wife's first date occurred in part at the Kentucky Club in Juarez, across the border from El Paso (seen here). ... more Photo: David Weigel / The Washington Post
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  • 13. He's a runnerHe runs while working in Washington, and it's a part of his daily routine, according to an interview in 2013.

    13. He's a runner

    He runs while working in Washington, and it's a part of his daily routine, according to an interview in 2013. "I’ll run the Mall. It’s about four miles to the Washington Monument and back and about five to the Lincoln. So, I’ll do one of those runs, pick up breakfast in the basement of the Capitol and usually I’m at my desk by 8 or 8:30."  less

    13. He's a runner

    He runs while working in Washington, and it's a part of his daily routine, according to an interview in 2013. "I’ll run the Mall. It’s about four miles to the Washington Monument and back ... more Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.
  • 14. Business pastAccording to his website, O'Rourke and some friends started Stanton Street Technology in 
1999. It is an internet services and software company, one of the first of its kind in the city of El Paso.  Photo: The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images

    14. Business past

    According to his website, O'Rourke and some friends started Stanton Street Technology in 1999. It is an internet services and software company, one of the first of its kind in the city of El Paso.  less

    14. Business past

    According to his website, O'Rourke and some friends started Stanton Street Technology in 1999. It is an internet services and software company, one of the first of its kind in the city of El ... more Photo: The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images
  • 15. Clinton supporterHe endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and was a super-delegate to the Democratic National Convention. 

    15. Clinton supporter

    He endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and was a super-delegate to the Democratic National Convention. 

    15. Clinton supporter

    He endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and was a super-delegate to the Democratic National Convention. 
  • 16. Social media activeHe has active social media accounts to keep his constituents abreast of his comings and goings. He's even mastered Facebook Live.  Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

    16. Social media active

    He has active social media accounts to keep his constituents abreast of his comings and goings. He's even mastered Facebook Live. 

    16. Social media active

    He has active social media accounts to keep his constituents abreast of his comings and goings. He's even mastered Facebook Live.  Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc.
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  • 17. Roadtrippin' After a storm earlier this month nixed air travel to D.C., Rep. Will Hurd, left, and O'Rourke drove from San Antonio, becoming viral video sensations along the way. It also proved that R or D, everyone loves a road trip. Photo: Congressman Beto O'Rourke Via FB / Congressman Beto O'Rourke via FB

    17. Roadtrippin' 

    After a storm earlier this month nixed air travel to D.C., Rep. Will Hurd, left, and O'Rourke drove from San Antonio, becoming viral video sensations along the way. It also proved that R or D, everyone loves a road trip.

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    17. Roadtrippin' 

    After a storm earlier this month nixed air travel to D.C., Rep. Will Hurd, left, and O'Rourke drove from San Antonio, becoming viral video sensations along the way. It also proved that R or D,

    ... more Photo: Congressman Beto O'Rourke Via FB
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    A Houston homeowner who caught people stealing "Beto for Senate" signs from his front yard woke up Friday morning to what he calls, "a pleasant surprise." His two adjoining properties were covered in black-and-white signage supporting U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, who's running against incumbent Ted Cruz.

    The local man, who prefers to remain anonymous, Thursday told local stations he'd caught two sign thieves yanking the Beto posters from the front of his corner lot house in Glendower Court, a neighborhood between River Oaks and Montrose.

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    "A local artist saw the newscast that (aired) and he was pretty angry," he explained. "He said, 'I want to demonstrate,' and I said sure."

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    So the resident, who also owns the house next door, allowed the Beto supporter to plaster the black-and-white signs all over the front gates of his homes Thursday night. While he knew about the plan in advance, he said he was shocked at how many signs they were able to install. "It took me two weeks to even get my first sign," he laughed.

    The issue is more than a political one for him, the local resident said, it also comes down to a matter of respect: "I don't care who you vote for, that's not cool. I don't care whether its a Cruz sign or a Beto sign. It's my property."

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    The first sign was stolen by a man walking his dog, a Ring surveillance video showed. Since it happened on his property, he said, he reported it to the Harris County Precinct One Constable's Office. The resident adds that he doesn't want to press charges, but that he does want that man to "have a serious talking to."

    In another recording, a blonde woman in a pink cardigan stops in front the property and yanks another sign off the lot, tosses it into her white Audi and drives away.

    The homeowner said he was surprised that a "middle-aged woman" would behave that way and wondered how her children might react.

    "I want to give that pink lady in the white SUV a message: Realistically, do you want your kids to see you taking home a political sign? I hope her kids or grandkids ask her, 'Hey mom, where'd you get this sign?'"

    With less than two months before the race, tensions between both camps' supporters are running high.

    Source : https://www.chron.com/politics/election/local/article/Beto-O-Rourke-supporter-teams-up-with-Houston-13229546.php

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