- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Democrats getting to know former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke as supporters urge him to run for president in 2020 can add “The Sheeps’ rhythm guitarist” to his resume.

Mother Jones published Wednesday an early 2000s video of the Democrat during his days performing punk-rock classics in El Paso.

Mr. O’Rourke belts out portions of the Ramones’ “Do You Wanna Dance” and “Blitzkrieg Bop” — clad in a sheep mask and a tight onesie.

“Our persona was that we were a very famous band from New Zealand and we didn’t want people to know our true identities — that’s why we wore masks,” Ailbhe Cormack, the band’s bassist, told Mother Jones. “I think people followed along with the mystery of it, but they knew who we were.”

The gig at the now-closed Moontime Pizza prompted the social media aggregator Twitchy to joke: “Well, Beto O’Rourke may have just ‘locked up the furries vote.”

“Furries” are individuals who enjoy dressing up in animal costumes and acting in character, often times at conventions.

The band only played three shows from “for a lark” between 2003 and 2004, Ms. Cormack added.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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