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?

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  • Rastaman

    Corey Booker=Big fish in a small pond!
    Out his depth in deeper waters and probably ends up as bait. See it all the time folks get their big shot to show what they can do and fall flat on their face because they just not ready to play the big room.

    When you go off script or go off the playbook you put the whole team strategy at risk and Booker stepped in it with both feet. It shows a lack of discipline and any defense of his behavior based on so called principle is BS. His view that an attack on Romney’s record at Bain Capital is an attack on PE firms is wrong. Romney is selling himself as an economic/financial expert based on his Bain Capital record and so it is fair game for criticism by his political opponents. Equating those attacks on Romney business record to using Reverend Wright to attack Obama’s qualification is false equivalency. The fact that Booker does not understand that difference or was unable to verbalize that to the press is rather surprising and fairly naive.

    He F’ed up and he is going to have to sit down because of it.

  • AJ

    Unfortunately, there are too many ill-informed opinions listed here regarding this matter. As a New Jersey resident; let me help, this was my post to Cory following this latest episode: Mr Mayor, your behavior illustrates a troubling and career ending lack of foresight. First, a majority of your present constituents despise the Governor: You should know that. Tying yourself to a 1-term, not likely to be re-elected, candidate is not politically astute. Now, you’ve doubled-down on that by errouneously comparing GOP ‘ethnicity-baiting’ Rev Wright ads to DNC analysis of Romney’s vulture capitalist, anti-income equity, record at Bain. You are now ‘a dead man walking’, politically speaking.

  • Pie

    I like Cory Booker – how many mayors can say they have shoveled snow, pushed cars out of snow banks and, now, saved someone from a burning building?

    Anyway, he was being honest. These campaign ads are nauseating and we have not even gotten to the conventions yet!!! He was being honest. Unfortunately, honesty is not welcome. I’m sure someone from the Obama campaign contacted him and said ‘that was not cool son, stay in your lane or no convention invitation for you.’

    He lost some cool points when he backed off the comments but I still like him.