Presidential hopeful Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke has direct ties to Metter, as Georgia supporters found out last week.

While sharing his new voting rights policy at a town hall meeting in Atlanta on June 5, the former Democratic Congressman from Texas  said, “My grandfather, my mom was just telling me, was born in Metter, Georgia, and that prompted questions from you all about how I eat my grits,” O’Rourke quipped as the town hall meeting began.

O’Rourke, the son of  Pat and Melissa Williams O’Rourke, was born in El Paso, TX, in 1972. His mother, is the daughter of Robert L. Jr. and Charlotte Brooks Williams and the grandson of Robert L. and Eunice Bird Williams. His great-grandparents are Josiah and Laura Mercer Bird of Metter. 

According to Wikipedia, “After being re-elected to the House in 2014 and 2016, O’Rourke declined to seek re-election in 2018. Instead, he ran for United States Senate against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, running a competitive campaign that drew national attention. O’Rourke was defeated 50.9% to 48.3%. On March 14, 2019, O’Rourke announced his campaign for President of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election.”

The town hall meeting was hosted by the New Georgia Project and was streamed exclusively on ‘NowThis.’ The video, which includes commentary by his mother, Melissa O’Rourke about her Metter family, can be found on YouTube (

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Hope he keeps his ideas far away from Metter.

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