The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

In the midst of increasing criticism from both left and right, Newark mayor and Democratic Senate candidate Cory Booker’s poll numbers have dropped, and the New Jersey Senate race has tightened. A number of polls show the October 16 special election, which Booker was expected to win handily, is getting far closer than anticipated. In response, he has gone negative with television ads attacking the Republican candidate, Steve Lonegan.

Booker’s national presence has made him a target for a wide-ranging number of media outlets.

His connections to tech giants in Silicon Valley resulted in a New York Times article that stated tech companies “made a financial bet on the mayor’s political future.”  On the issues, Booker has refused to be clear on where he comes down on the issue of a paid sick leave mandate. The measure is backed by labor and strictly rejected by big business. This has sparked a sort of “which side are you on?” question by progressive news outlets. Finally, the discovery of tweets between Booker and a Portland, OR exotic dancer has again put his name in negative headlines.

Is all this bad press catching up to him? Perhaps.

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in late September showed Booker with a lead of just 12 points over Lonegan. This is a sharp contrast to a Stockton College poll that showed Booker with a 26 point advantage and a Rutgers-Eagleton poll that had him up 35 points. The most shocking poll, which may be the least accurate, is a Lonegan campaign internal poll that shows the race is within a 6 point margin.

It appears the fluctuation has not gone unnoticed. A day after the Lonegan campaign released the poll that shows Booker winning by only 6 percentage points, the Booker campaign went negative with a television ad.

While Booker appears at the end of the ad with a smile and an uplifting message about what he can do as a New Jersey senator, it begins with an attack. “I’m a right-wing radical” Steve Lonegan says at the beginning of the ad. There’s no context given to Lonegan’s statement..

The ad begs the question: Is Cory Booker worried about his position in the race?

Photo: JD Lasica via Flickr.com

 

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Al Franken guest hosts on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Image via YouTube

Since his much-lamented resignation from the United States Senate, Al Franken has started his own podcast, made some TV and radio appearances, and is currently on tour across the country -- but his profile rose sharply this week when he guest-hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Instead of dwelling on the good news of President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act, Franken's monologue drilled into another existential threat facing our nation. No, not the “enormous gaps in wealth and income” nor the “threats to our democracy,” but rather a peril that has troubled him since his Senate days.

Keep reading... Show less

Rudy Giuliani arrives at Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia on August 17, 2022

(Reuters) - Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's onetime personal lawyer, arrived at an Atlanta courthouse on Wednesday to testify in a Georgia criminal probe examining attempts by the former U.S. president and his allies to overturn the 2020 election results.

Giuliani, who helped lead Trump's election challenges, was due to testify before a special grand jury in Fulton County after a judge ordered him to comply with a subpoena. His lawyers say he will refuse to answer questions that violate attorney-client privilege.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}