September 22, 2018
LAREDO, TEXAS - Law enforcement leaders from across Texas witnessed a complete reversal of position towards Texas law enforcement from U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke at a political rally in Laredo tonight.
El Paso Police Officer Ron Martin led a small group of officers, family members and union staff into the La Posada Hotel reception room in an effort to confront the Congressman about his increasingly negative comments toward law enforcement officers.
“O’Rourke’s been popping off with negative statements about law enforcement and suddenly tonight we saw an extreme reversal of language towards officers,” said Martin.
“He suddenly reversed course when he saw us there and was very positive with his speech. He said Texans should be respectful of law enforcement officers and the difficult and dangerous job we do,” Martin said “it was a brand new Beto. He changed his tune.”
Martin is President of his local police union in El Paso and has known Beto O’Rourke since he served as a City Council member there. Martin and hundreds of rank and file officers from across the state happened to already be in Laredo attending the 42nd Annual Convention of The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT.
Congressman O’Rourke’s anti-law enforcement rhetoric has become increasingly heated in recent days as he battles with incumbent Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate seat from Texas.
Martin, who was staying at the same hotel, walked over to the rally and placed his name on the guest list and informed the campaign staff he’d like to be recognized to ask a question during the question and answer period. During the rally Martin’s name was called out “as an honored guest” but his chance to ask his questions never came.
At the end of the rally the Congressman was rushed out the door. Martin followed but never got to ask his question.
“Congressman O’Rourke has been out taking the pot shots at Texas law enforcement and using the tragedy in Dallas to pile on. CLEAT wants answers. He’s my congressman, I want answers,” said Martin.
CLEAT has not endorsed either candidate for the U.S. Senate in Texas.