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Beto O'Rourke has played some downright disgusting pranks on his wife Amy

Amy O'Rourke's life doesn't look anything like what her husband Beto promised her 14 years ago.

When the couple first moved in together, Beto wrote a letter to Amy promising her a life of "listening to music, making dinner for friends" and "drinking wine on the front porch." Now Beto's running for president — and it's "completely contrary" to what Amy had envisioned for them, she tells The Washington Post in a profile published Tuesday.

Beto proposed to Amy on April Fool's Day, just four months after they met. The Post calls the date "appropriate," considering the antics Beto pulled once they were married:

And then there were the pranks: the remote-controlled cockroach in the kitchen, the "Psycho"-style scares in the shower. One time, according to a friend, Beto collected an especially verdant turd from one of their kids' diapers and put it in a bowl, telling Amy it was avocado. (Neither would confirm this, though Beto did allow it sounded like something he'd do.)

Though less disgusting, Amy did recount a few more issues she had with Beto in the following years to the Post. Beto was on El Paso, Texas' city council when they met, but when he said he wanted to run for Congress, she cried. He won, and it then took Beto's loss in 2018's Texas Senate race to bring him home to his three kids for his "longest stretch of time ... in seven years," the Post writes. Beto asked Amy if she'd like him to quit politics at that point, but Amy — though she'd seen "the pain in her kids' eyes when their calls kept going to voice mail" — said no.

Read more at The Washington Post.