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O'Rourke announces next move: 'Powered By People'

Beto O'Rourke cited his recent volunteer work with Eliz Markowitz, who's running for the Texas...
Beto O'Rourke cited his recent volunteer work with Eliz Markowitz, who's running for the Texas state legislature, as his inspiration to create Powered By People.(KWTX)
Published: Dec. 20, 2019 at 12:16 PM CST
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Former U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke has created a new grassroots organization, Powered by People, with the goal of helping Democratic candidates get elected across Texas.

The creation of the new political organization is O'Rourke's first foray into politics since he ended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In an email to supporters, O'Rourke wrote, "It will give us a shot at picking up as many as 6 additional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives."

O'Rourke further stated, "This will show the rest of Texas we can finally replace John Cornyn, Trump's most reliable enabler, in the U.S. Senate."

The El Paso Democrat said he will spend the next year organizing volunteers who will help register people to vote, knock on doors, and make phone calls.

O'Rourke cited his recent volunteer work with Eliz Markowitz, who's running for the state legislature, as his inspiration to create this group.

Markowitz is in a run-off election to against Republican Gary Gates in the Fort Bend, Texas area.

"If she wins her special election on January 28th, she will move us one seat closer to Democratic control of the state house for the first time since 2001," O'Rourke said.

"And because this seat has always been a shoe-in for Republicans, her victory would signal a sea change for Texas leading into the 2020 general election."