Cruz, O’Rourke backers go all-out in Austin to show support


AUSTIN (KXAN) — What started out as one campaign sign quickly turned into 100. Across Austin, a seven-foot-tall balloon structure ended up in a front yard, which wasn’t the original plan. 

In an everything-is-bigger-in-Texas kind of way, two Austinites are showing their passion for the state’s senate race with massive displays. 

In the city’s Mueller neighborhood, Ann-Tyler Konradi put up balloons in front of her house that spell out “BETO.”

I’ve been excited about this election and I’ve been struggling to figure out how to shout that in a loud way,” Konradi said. 

In southwest Austin off Manchaca, Kurt Ostfeld nailed Ted Cruz signs to his fence so that they spell out “TED.” 

It gets a lot of attention, I mean I’ve got a lot of compliments from fellow Cruz supporters in the area,” Ostfeld said.

Both Konradi and Ostfeld went this far after other, well-intentioned ideas didn’t work out.

The first sign Ostfeld put up in his lawn got stolen within two hours, he said. That’s a trend that’s continued every day since. 

“They’re usually either taken or thrown down,” Ostfeld said. 

Konradi’s original idea was to get balloon spelling out VOTE and either put them on the University of Texas campus or a business nearby. 

When she didn’t have luck getting anyone to host it, she decided to change it to BETO and host it herself.

“I hope that it brings out the enthusiasm and it’s happy, it’s not negative, and I like that,” she said.

Both don’t believe they’ll gain new voters for their candidate.

“I have very low expectations on changing anyone’s mind,” Ostfeld said.

However, they do hope to remind people to vote.

“If it drove one more person to the polls, then that’s great,” Konradi said.

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