May 21, 2012

Why Cory, Why????

Newark mayor, Cory Booker, was a panel member on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.  During the show, he made some very controversial remarks in which he criticized the Obama campaign for attacking Mitt Romney's record while he worked at Bain Capital.

Here's what he had to say:

“This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides. It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity, stop attacking Jeremiah Wright. This stuff has got to stop, because what it does is it undermines, to me, what this country should be focused on. It’s a distraction from the real issues. It’s either going to be a small campaign about this crap, or it’s going to be a big campaign, in my opinion, that the American public cares about.”

So, it's okay for Mitt Romney to tout his work at Bain Capital as proof that he's a job creator, but it's not okay for the Obama campaign to criticize him on this?  Are you serious right now, Cory?  I can't believe he went on national television and said the President's ad against Mitt Romney was basically attacking private equity.  That sounds like something a Republican would say, but damn to here it come out the mouth of a Democrat is so disconcerting.

To say I'm mildly disappointed with the mayor would be an understatement.  I don't understand why is it so damn hard for Democrats to follow marching orders. 

Well, there must have been a whole lot of people on Twitter that felt the exact way I did about the mayor's statements because he immediately took toYoutube to explain his comments.

Here's what he said:

“When I see people in my city struggling with real issues and still feeling the challenges of this economy and still looking for hope and opportunity and real specific plans, I get very upset when I see such a level of dialogue that… calls to our lowest common denominators and not the kind of things that are going to unify us as a nation and move us forward.”
As for his dissatisfaction with the attacks on Romney from the Obama campaign, Booker clarified that he believes Romney’s private sector past is certainly fair game in the campaign, and he said he would heavily encourage the president’s reelection team to pursue it. He didn’t really apologize for his comment nor did he retract it, but his video comes on the heels of overwhelmingly negative feedback on Twitter about his earlier remarks. (source)

Mr. Mayor, I suggest the next time you want to air your frustrations please do it in private.  Now is not the time to be making rookie-type mistakes.  It is words like yours that can be used to harm the President no matter your intentions.

h/t Mediate


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