How did Booker become a political juggernaut? Apart from a well-known name, famous friends, and deep-pocketed donors, Booker is well versed in the “All politics is local” play book (a phrase made famous by former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill ).
Cory Booker knows how to successfully run for higher office; unlike some aspiring politicians, who wake up one morning and decide to run, Booker has strategically choreographed his rise on the political ladder; starting from the ground up.
Booker knows the importance of gaining public trust and admiration through carefully crafted displays of public activism. He brings attention to societal ills through emulation, albeit briefly, yet effective nonetheless. Booker reaches the masses because he is not afraid to show us that he is willing to become one with the problem in order to expose it, and change it. Notable instances of activism include going on a ten-day hunger strike outdoors to draw attention to the dangers of open-air drug dealing, living on a “food stamp” budget to raise awareness of food insecurity, shoveling the driveway of a constituent upon request, allowing Hurricane Sandy victims into his home, rescuing a dog from freezing temperatures, saving a woman from a house fire at his own risk and rescuing a dog that had been locked in a crate.
A political career starting as a City Councilman, then later as Mayor; And, if early polling is correct, Newark Mayor Cory Booker is on a clear course to become U.S. senator to serve the remainder of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg term.
I was fortunate to hear Booker speak live at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Booker is the REAL DEAL; a true political juggernaut.