Beto O’Rourke, the congressman and former punk rocker, has announced his intentions to run for president.
O’Rourke, a huge fan of Bad Brains as a teen, recruited his two friends Mike Stevens and Arlo Klahr El Pasop and formed the band Foss with O’Rourke on bass.
Active for about two years in the ’90s, Foss ended up released three studio albums and are widely credited as being early pioneers of the ‘DIY style’ ethic in the music industry.
It is that DIY ethos that O’Rourke has carried with him into his new career as a politician. His decision to make the Senate campaign’s pledge not to accept financial contributions from political action committees was particularly well-received by younger voters. In total, O’Rourke has served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011 and was later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.
Now, O’Rouke sent a text message local news in El Paso, confirming his intentions to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. “I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” he wrote. “It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”