Senator Corey Booker’s unprecedented move to testify against a fellow senator on Wednesday has been seen by Republicans as a maneuver designed to boost his national profile for the “sake of his own presidential ambitions.”
Senator Corey Booker, (D-N.J.), 47, has been viewed by fellow Democrats as one of several possible senate candidates who may consider challenging President-elect Donald Trump in 2020.
The other possible senate contenders are Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.), Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
Senator Booker’s strategy is going to become a popular one over the next four years and will, undoubtedly, be used by other senators with similar presidential ambitions who know that going up against the Trump administration will create a platform that commands national attention.
The Senate testimony against Sessions will give Booker plenty of national media attention, along with a chance to champion civil rights, which Democratic groups feel is a major concern when it comes to Jeff Sessions being attorney general.
Ex-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) senior adviser and Democratic strategist Tad Devine said about the Booker testimony, “It takes a lot of guts for a United States senator to go in to offer testimony in opposition to one of his colleagues. … I can’t remember this ever happening.”
Republicans aren’t of the same mindset and feel Booker is breaking with senate traditions of “comity” for the sake of his own his presidential ambitions.
Senator Tom Cotton ( R-Ark.) said on Facebook, “I’m very disappointed that Sen. Booker has chosen to start his 2020 presidential campaign by testifying against Sen. Sessions.”
Cotton described Booker’s testimony as “a disgraceful breach of custom” and questioned his motives by noting that last year the New Jersey legislator said he was “honored to partner with Sessions on a resolution honoring civil rights activists.”
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