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Dem Critic: Cory Booker is ‘Bought and Paid For,’ Has ‘Very Little to Offer’

The New Jersey senator is doing everything he can to position himself for a White House run in 2020, but some Democrats aren’t buying it.

By NTK Staff | 07.03.2018 @11:00am
Dem Critic: Cory Booker is ‘Bought and Paid For,’ Has ‘Very Little to Offer’

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) just wants to be liked.

That’s the theory, at least, of some who have observed the New Jersey senator’s behavior over the past few months. Clearly eyeing a presidential campaign, Booker swore off corporate PAC donations in February (a hypocritical move he was immediately criticized for), and his hysterics at committee hearings, questioning Trump Cabinet officials, came across as all sizzle, no steak.

But in Booker’s effort to be liked, he’s asking Democrats to overlook massive portions of his political past. “He’s accepted millions from Wall Street and other corporate interests in the past,” Politico’s Matt Friedman wrote Tuesday. That’s a big no-no in today’s Democratic Party.

At least one New Jersey Democrat, a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) 2016 presidential campaign, has had enough and is speaking out. At issue is Bookers authenticity and whether, frankly, he has any.

The question, however, is whether Democratic primary voters will believe he is genuine about limiting his cash flow from Wall Street and Silicon Valley when his rise has been fueled by millions in contributions from those industries.

“I’d start by saying he’s basically as bought and paid for as anybody who’s run for elected office. He’s inextricably linked with the moneyed interests,” Bertin Lefkovic, a New Jersey liberal activist who was a state volunteer leader for Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016, said when asked how he would describe Booker to liberals not intimately familiar with his record.

“From my perspective, he really has very little to offer anybody who considers themselves a progressive,” Lefkovic said.

The problem for Democrats like Booker is that his party is moving rapidly to the left. Booker is doing his best to appeal to that voter base with efforts like his no corporate PAC money pledges, but his record is chock-full of contradictions. For a voter base that wants ideological purity, Booker’s recent promises won’t be enough.

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