Beto History

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Robert Francis O'Rourke is a few things, few of which match the political image he tries to cast:

  • born of Irish and Welsh ancestry, but his family nicknamed him Beto (Spanish for Roberto) to distinguish him from his grandfather/namesake
  • boarding-school trust-fund baby had money (son of furniture magnate) and married into more of it
  • was a member of the computer hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow going under the handle "Psychedelic Warlord"
  • was into Punk music, but never became a musician (he plays the bass in a band called Foss).
  • was arrested for burglary but let off
  • later arrested for Drunk driving after crashing his car and trying to flee the scene, but was let off
  • he got a B.A. in English Lit.
  • most famous for fighting for marijuana legalization (which he lost)


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