Last night, news broke that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who narrowly lost last year to Sen. Ted Cruz, is running for President.
And while no one expects to see yet another candidate enter the field and be applauded by everyone else already there, Kamala Harris’ campaign seems a little concerned about O’Rourke– at least judging by her fundraising emails. Here’s one that came through a couple hours ago, which is actually titled “Beto O’Rourke.”
It’s not just the title that’s interesting.
Did you notice the upfront mention of “a record number of women and people of color?” Could that possibly be a small dig at O’Rourke, who has a Spanish-language nickname but is actually pretty danged white and male?
Or is Kamala just trying to seize on a little bit of Beto-mentum herself, and bring some extra cash into her already bountiful campaign coffers?
It looks like a little jab to us, but also probably a smart fundraising ploy. Plus, while people say they hate negative politicking, the fact is, candidates do have to differentiate themselves from opponents to win. An easy way for Kamala to do that is with a casual reference to women and people of color in an email ostensibly about Beto.
Fun and games!