Hipster Democrat Beto O’Rourke Denies Using LSD as GOP Dings “Noted Irishman” for Drunk Driving (UPDATE: Beto Responds)

Democrat presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke denied using LSD in response to a question about his teenage online handle “Psychedelic Warlord” at a campaign event in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday. Meanwhile the Republican National Committee tweeted a St. Patrick’s Day message reminding voters of O’Rourke’s 1998 drunk driving arrest. (Update added at end of article.)

Jonathan Tilove with the Austin American-Statesman posted a video report of O’Rourke saying he’s never taken acid.

“As signed a skateboard for Tyler Baggins in Madison, Baggins asks Beto if he’s ever dropped acid. Beto says no. Baggins was prompted by Alex Jones saying that seeing as how Beto as teen wrote under handle Psychedelic Warlord, someone should ask him that question.”

 

The RNC posted about O’Rourke’s Irish heritage and drunk driving, “On this St. Paddy’s Day, a special message from noted Irishman Robert Francis O’Rourke,” illustrated with O’Rourke’s mug shot with a green top hat adorned with a shamrock.

The Houston Chronicle reported last September during O’Rourke’s failed Senate race against Sen. Ted Cruz (-TX) on O’Rourke’s DWI:

…State and local police reports obtained by the Chronicle and Express-News show that O’Rourke was driving drunk at what a witness called “a high rate of speed” in a 75 mph zone on Interstate 10 about a mile from the New Mexico border. He lost control and hit a truck, sending his car careening across the center median into oncoming lanes. The witness, who stopped at the scene, later told police that O’Rourke had tried to drive away from the scene.

O’Rourke recorded a 0.136 and 0.134 on police breathalyzers, above a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, the state legal limit at the time. He was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI, but completed a court-approved diversion program and had the charges dismissed.

In a statement Thursday, O’Rourke did not address the witness account of his alleged attempt to flee.

“I drove drunk and was arrested for a DWI in 1998,” O’Rourke said. “As I’ve publicly discussed over the last 20 years, I made a serious mistake for which there is no excuse.”

…The accident occurred just as O’Rourke, the son of an El Paso County Judge, had celebrated his 26th birthday the night before. He told police he’d had two beers and had been on cold medication. He later told the El Paso Times that he was driving an intoxicated friend home, though no passenger is mentioned in the police reports…

End excerpt. Please read the entire report at the Houston Chronicle.

The GOP followed up with an attack on O’Rourke’s thin record as a three-term Democrat Congressman from Texas.

UPDATE: O’Rourke responded to the GOP attack. Video report posted to Twitter by ABC News reporter Johnny Verhovek.


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