In 2017 a little known candidate burst onto the scenes in Texas to take on longtime Republican Senator Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in a traditionally red state. His name was Beto O’Rourke, and by the time the 2018 Senate race was over with, the entire country knew exactly who O’Rourke really was.
The woman behind what most political pundits would describe as a tremendously run campaign, was Jody Casey. Casey, who took on the role of O’Rourke’s campaign manager, was one of the key factors in making the 2018 Texas Senate race such a close one. In Episode 5 of KrassenCast, which is now available on iTunes, Youtube and other podcast services, Jody Casey talked to Ed and Brian Krassenstein about her time with O’Rourke and her opinions on a potential presidential candidacy by her former boss and good friend.
While Casey told KrassenCast that she has no idea if O’Rourke will or will not declare his candidacy for 2020, saying that much of it has to do with his family, she does believe that he would make for a terrific opponent against current President Donald Trump.
“I don’t think you could have a better contrast to Trump,” Casey said on KrassenCast. “I mean Beto, if you look at him, he’s this honest, totally accessible candidate. He’s transparent. He ran such a transparent race. I mean people were able to watch him do his laundry on Facebook livestream. He has so much authenticity and you just can’t fake authenticity. The guy is just 100% himself. He’s a great dad, and I think he’s an incredible role model for our children. So I think you use that as a contrast and you look at who we have running the country today and there’s no comparison. In terms of who would be the most unlike Trump, I think Beto has all of those great qualities.”
While Casey believes that Beto is essentially the opposite of Trump when it comes to his moral compass, she also believes that he has tremendous crossover appeal when it comes to recruiting Republican votes.
“We had a lot of Republicans who voted for Beto in Texas because he listens to everyone,” Casey explained. “He’s probably the least divisive potential candidate on the Democratic side in my opinion. He has met with so many Republicans across the state of Texas over the last two years. He truly listened to them. He would always say, ‘I don’t care if you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or non-voter — I want to hear from you, I want to hear what you have to say, I want to hear the challenges you’re facing and the opportunities that you see.”
Casey also conveyed that she believes that O’Rourke is one of the best orators of our times, comparing his level of inspiration to that of former President Barack Obama. At the same time though, she admitted that if he decides to run for President, he will have to get a little tough when it comes to debating and/or campaigning against President Trump.
“He’s going to have to get a little tough, because I’d be scared to debate Trump,” Casey said. “You look at how he debated Hillary and he was like stalking her on stage. To me, I would have some fear, so I would look to Beto to be tough and stand up to him, and I know he would.”
Again, while Casey claims to have no idea if Beto O’Rourke will or will not run for President, she does believe that if he were to become the 46th President of the United States, he’d be an excellent one.
“I think he’d make an incredible president,” said Casey. “Beto is so smart and he has tons of policy depth, and he would surround himself with the right people.”
Beto O’Rourke is expected to make a decision on 2020 by the end of this month.
The entire 20 minute interview with O’Rourke’s former campaign manager, Jody Casey, who speaks about Beto’s character, and the sides of the potential presidential candidate that the public doesn’t see, can be heard in Episode 5 of KrassenCast: 2020 Presidential Race & Interview w/ Beto O’Rourke’s Former Campaign Manager, now available on iTunes, Youtube and other podcast services. It can also be heard below.