It is unclear if this was an issue with the messaging app the campaign is using, a rogue volunteer, or a campaign blunder. Either way, this type of violation should be deeply concerning to the registered voters of Texas.
The Beto O’Rourke campaign in Texas, where O'Rourke is running for the Senate against incumbent GOP Senator Ted Cruz, is denying that they are responsible for sending a text message to voters on Wednesday asking for "volunteers to help transport undocumented immigrants" to the polls. The campaign acknowledged that the text from the campaign’s text messaging platform was legitimate but protested the campaign did not authorize the message, according to The New York Times.
As The Times noted, “If Mr. O’Rourke’s campaign were indeed helping undocumented immigrants vote, it would be a brazen violation of election law.”
The text message read, "Hi, it's Patsy here w/ Beto for Texas. Our records indicate that you're a supporter. We are in search of volunteers to help transport undocumented immigrants to polling booths so that they will be able [to] vote. Would you be able to support this grassroots effort?"
O'Rourke's spokesperson, Chris Evans, stated, "That was not an approved message by the campaign," adding that the creator of the text was "not a volunteer with the Beto campaign.” Evans referred to the creator of the text as an “imposter.”