MIDLAND, TX – After receiving an email invitation to a Beto O'Rourke rally last Wednesday the Midland County Judge replied to the Midland Texas Democratic Party Chair stating; F--k Beto.
Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke arrived in Midland on Jun. 3 on his tour called "the Texas Drive for the People." The theme of the rally is to talk about voting rights and democracy.
In anticipation for the event Cathy Broadrick, Midland Texas Democratic Party Chair sent invitations to a number of politicians including Midland County Judge Terry Johnson. Here is the email:
The email was quickly responded to by Judge Johnson.
Judge Johnson has since apologized for his response and told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that he has four email accounts linked to his phone and believed Broadrick’s email was either a prank or automated message sent to one of his personal accounts.
“I wrote it. I fessed up to it. I did not realize, which is not an excuse, who was on the receiving end of my response,” Johnson said in an interview with MRT. “I found it humorous that somebody would invite me to a Beto rally.”
Following his apology, Broadrick posted on Facebook that she was accepting his apologies. "Terry Johnson apologized for sending this response to me saying he did not fully read the invite and realize it was from me. I believe that because the response was sent from an iphone and came back fairly quickly after I sent it. I have accepted this apology and will move on from this issue." stated Broadrick.
Later in the comments a user asked if there was anything that could be done. Broadrick responded with "probably not but if you don’t shine some light on things like this, it is certain nothing will be done about it."
MRT reported that some Midland Democrats have filed complaints about Johnson’s email with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.