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Earlier this week, we checked out Beto O’Rourke’s unorthodox path to the 2020 main — the lonely street journeys, the Kerouac-like weblog posts — and questioned how it might have been perceived if he have been a feminine candidate. Now that he has formally entered the race, we needed to share some responses that we obtained this week.
“I completely agree with you on the double normal for male/feminine candidates,” Judith wrote. “Beto O’Rourke is an selfish and most unappealing potential candidate — I hope he sinks slowly within the west.”
“Who cares why Beto O’Rourke spent the final a number of months on the street? Any impact on his household is between him and his household,” wrote Anne. She stated her concern was along with his insurance policies (or lack thereof): “‘Not Ted Cruz’ and ‘Not Donald Trump’ and ‘however so many Texans like him’ aren’t ample causes for me to decide about whether or not I’d wish to belief him with working this nation.”
[Here’s a look at where Mr. O’Rourke stands on some of the biggest issues of the 2020 race.]
“Until I utterly miss my guess, Beto is a flash within the pan,” Mina wrote. “Had there not been a Donald Trump, a loopy particular person, following Obama, a well-educated, superb president, there can be no Beto having the audacity to suppose he might be president!”
“I don’t begrudge Beto’s unorthodox type of ‘campaigning’ and don’t maintain in opposition to him being male and working for workplace in that manner,” wrote Karen, who described herself as a veteran political activist. “The one factor which Beto has that no different candidate who’s working has is that he’s real and speaks from his coronary heart (not his head). Most of my pals are politicians or former politicians, and nobody is like Beto.”
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• A mob boss’s killing on Staten Island final evening harked again to the outdated days of organized crime in New York. Right here’s the story of the person who was gunned down: Frank Cali, reputed chief of the Gambino crime household.