Brennan endorses O’Rourke in Texas

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanEx-CIA director blasts Trump over 'temper tantrums' Ex-CIA director: 'I don't have any doubt' Trump will pardon Manafort Senate Dems request probe of White House security clearances MORE on Friday endorsed Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) in the Texas Senate race on Friday, saying he has the “integrity, intellect and character” lacking in Congress.

“As a former resident of Texas and a proud UT-Austin alumnus, I believe Beto O’Rourke is the type of individual Texans need in the U.S. Senate to represent their best interests,” Brennan tweeted.

Monday’s endorsement was the first made by the former Obama administration CIA chief and frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE, who has described himself as nonpartisan. 

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Brennan on Tuesday urged his Twitter followers to “vote your conscience” in Tuesday's midterm elections.

He said he would be voting for candidates who “reject inflammatory rhetoric.”

“As the child of an immigrant, I will vote for candidates who believe in America living up to its values & remaining the world’s melting pot,” Brennan tweeted.

Brennan’s endorsement came after he and other prominent Democratic officials were sent explosive devices in the mail last month.

He has said that President Trump's rhetoric has only "fueled" the feelings that could lead to violence. 

"Unfortunately I think Donald Trump has not helped to encourage the type of civil discourse and public engagement, and his rhetoric too frequently, I think, fuels these feelings and sentiments that now are bleeding over into potentially acts of violence," Brennan said last month at the University of Texas at Austin. 

O’Rourke’s race against GOP incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington MORE has tightened ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

A poll released Thursday showed Cruz with a 3-point lead. 

Other polls published in October showed Cruz with anywhere from a 5-point to a 10-point advantage, according to the RealClearPolitics polling index.

Election handicappers at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rate the race as a "toss-up." 

The Hill has reached out to O’Rourke’s campaign for comment.