Published on May 21st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Cory Booker Upset He’s Being ‘Used’ By Republicans
Whoa, Cory Booker, cowboy much?
The man perhaps best known nationally for barging into a burning building in Newark to save a resident from the flames, or for his efforts to get supplies to snow-trapped city dwellers via Twitter, became a hot topic in politics when he broke step with fellow Democrats to chastise the Obama administration on the subject of private equity.
The issue at hand was Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s “vulture capitalism” organization that has drawn strong criticism from the Obama campaign and its supporters due to the presumptive GOP candidate’s assertion that he is a “job creator,” when his organization converted wages to profits in many instances. Booker appeared tonight on Rachel Maddow’s show to clarify his remarks, saying in part in regard to the GOP’s attacks on Obama:
“Those can’t even be equated [to the Bain Capital criticism.] The noxious nature of some of the attacks that we’ve seen on our president, where if you even poll many people in the GOP who still believe he’s a secret Muslim and these other things, it’s gotten ridiculous. You can’t even equate the negativity on the right with what’s happening by sectors on the left.”
Of the GOP’s use of his remarks on Meet the Press sparking off the firestorm:
“Here they are plucking soundbytes out of that interview to manipulate them in a cynical manner, to use them for their own purposes … I’m very upset that I’m being used by the GOP this way.”
You can read a longer set of Cory Booker’s comments from earlier this evening over on MSNBC.