Over the weekend Newark Mayor Cory Booker made headlines after his Meet the Press appearance in which he criticized the Obama reelection campaign for an ad attacking Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital, a private equity firm. The ad featured several people talking about losing their jobs after Romney’s company took over their employer and laid-off the workforce.
The Obama campaign ads came on the heels of a leaked report from top GOP strategists and donors that considered running an ad campaign that reopened the President Obama’s Reverend Wright “problem.”
During his visit to Meet the Press, Mayor Booker derided both sides of the aisle for trudging into character attacks, calling them “nauseating.”
Booker explained: “This kind of stuff is nauseating to me on both sides,” Booker said. “It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity.”
Almost immediately, Republicans seized on Booker’s remarks, using his likeness and Meet the Press appearance to attack the President. The GOP even created a “I Stand with Cory” petition, asking voters to “stand up for job creators” with the GOP.
Monday night, Mayor Booker appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show to emphasize his support for the President and push back against Republicans using his words against the President.
“I’m very upset I’m being used by the GOP this way,” he told Maddow.
“I have not seen a Republican national candidate be willing to stand with me in places like Newark.” He continued, “People have ignored Newark before, but to exploit it or its mayor — that’s something I’m not going to sit still for.”
Mayor Booker also took to Twitter and YouTube to reiterate his support for the President, but his comments have many wondering if he has damaged his political future.
What do you think? Did Mayor Booker’s comments hurt his political career?