Texas GOP Tried to Troll Democrat Beto O'Rourke With Old Pics Of His Punk Band

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Beto O'Rourke speaks during the general session at the Texas Democratic Convention on June 22, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

It didn't work.

Perhaps Texas Senator Ted Cruz is starting to feel the heat. Or maybe Lone Star Republicans just don't get that in the Trump era, being in a rock band isn't the thing most likely to scare voters away. As the Senate race between incumbent Senator Cruz and Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke gets close in the run-up to the Nov. 6 midterm election, the Texas GOP tried to shame O'Rourke this week by tweeting out photos of the buzzed-about El Paso native from his days criss-crossing the country as the bassist for punk band Foss.

Please clap. 

While the party seemed to think it had ripped a sick burn on O'Rourke after he turned down Cruz's request for a debate on Friday (Aug. 31) by pointing out Beto's misspent youth rocking out and, recently, skating in burger joint parking lots, the viral campaign backfired.

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Given Cruz's reputation as one of the reviled members of Congress, after the GOP's third effort to target O'Rourke by posting his mugshot from a late 1990s DWI arrest -- which he has talked about several times since the beginning of his political career -- their final shot came up blankest.