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Cruz ad rehashes O & # 39; Rourke & # 39; s role in El Paso land development plan

Cruz ad rehashes O & # 39; Rourke & # 39; s role in El Paso land development plan

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A new digital ad through Sen's re-election campaign. Ted Cruz will soon appear on computer screens in your area.

As polls tighten, it represents the foremost attack on the past of its democratic opponent, Congressman Beto O & # 39; Rourke. Although there is some truth, the ad does not tell you the whole story.

"As a municipal councilor of El Paso, Beto O & # 39; Rourke used his position to push insider deals in favor of his own family," a narrator reads. The ad claims that O & # 39; Rourke voted for the use of eminent domain for a land development project to which his father-in-law would benefit.

The project included a small part of the Segundo Barrio, a historic Spanish neighborhood in the south of El Paso.

Cruz spokesperson Catherine Frazier wrote in a press release that O & # 39; Rourke ignored mercilessly for so many El Pasoans, and ignored their plea to reuse themselves from voting on the project for the sake of enriching his own family. If he did not listen to the concerns of his constituents, then Texans in the state can not trust him to listen to them now. & # 39;

These allegations are not new to the Congressman. They were used against him in an attack ad of 2012 by his then opponent, Democrat Sylvestre Reyes.

Throughout the day KXAN dug through old articles, videos & # 39; s and our coverage of the controversy in the El Paso station.

In the early 2000s, O & # 39; Rourke called for the so-called Downtown plan to be part of the city's master plan.

Beto's petty father, Bill Sanders, was one of the many corporate and social leaders who advocated the plan through a group called the Paso Del Norte Group. People living in the Segundo Barrio were shocked that O & # 39; Rourke had not withdrawn from the vote on the matter.

Two ethics complaints have been submitted. They were dismissed, however, and an ethics committee did not find any wrongdoing according to the El Paso newspaper articles at the time.

But what about an eminent domain? A former councilor said that the Cruz ad is history without context.

"It really laid the foundation for all the investments you've seen since in the center of El Paso," Susie Byrd said about the idea. She is a former municipal councilor and served at O ​​& # 39; Rourke.

She says that in 2006 he supported the option of taking private land if necessary to get rid of unreliable landlords. But after pushing back the community, she says that O & # 39; Rourke has voted with the rest of the council to ban an eminent domain in the first year of the last proposal.

"We took it off the table when we finally adopted it," she said. "It was based on a lot of feedback from the community, we realized that it was a huge diversion."

Has his father-in-law made a profit? Sanders and O & # 39; Rourke were quoted at the time and said that every profit would go to a non-profit organization in the city center. The project never came together completely. KXAN has not found a single record from Sanders or O & # 39; Rourke who make any profit with it.

A new CNN analysis predicts that the Texas Senate race might be closer than originally thought. This race in Texas was linked to a "probable" Republican victory. Now the race is listed as & # 39; skinny Republican & # 39 ;. That is just a step away from & # 39; throw it on & # 39 ;.

The opinion poll of Emerson College last week shows Cruz just one point ahead of O & # 39; Rourke. Twenty percent of registered voters are still undecided.

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