May 22, 2012

After botching his role as campaign surrogate for the Obama campaign, Mayor Cory Booker stopped at 'The Rachel Maddow Show' for his first interview since his 'Meet the Press' debacle.

Booker wanted to remain silent on the issue, but eventually it must have gotten too hot in the kitchen because he felt the need to speak out.

He used the interview to lash out at the Republicans for using his words against Obama. He was very upset at the fact that the Romney campaign used his words to raise money.

He took the time to re-emphasize his support for the President and his re-election. He also admitted to his mistake of conflating the use of Rev. Jeremiah Wright to attack President Obama versus the Obama campaign going after Mitt Romney on his stint at Bain Capital.

The criticism of the popular mayor from the left still remains. ThinkProgress has done some investigating into the campaign finance records of the mayor and have discovered that he received over half a million dollars from the financial industry and this also includes Bain Capital. Many are saying that Booker was thinking more of his own self interests whether than that of the President and that is the reason why he went off message.

At the end of the day, Cory Booker is still my favorite mayor. I think what he did on Sunday definitely hurt the President, but fortunately it was very early in the campaign season.

Booker has definitely learned a lesson from this. I think the next, if there is a next time, he is given an opportunity to work as a surrogate for the Obama Campaign he will stay on message because unlike Jazz, improvisation is not welcome in politics.



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