Conservative group targets Cory Booker's Senate campaign
July 23rd, 2013
02:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Conservative group targets Cory Booker's Senate campaign

(CNN) – As Newark mayor Cory Booker's star rises on the national scene, conservatives are hoping to disrupt the Democrat's campaign for U.S. Senate.

Newly-created Super PAC American Commitment Action Fund posted an online ad Tuesday going after Booker as an absentee-mayor, using his own words and that of fellow Newark politicians to try and paint the portrait of an ineffectual and divisive leader.

"The charade is over," the video concludes after a litany of Newark residents question Booker's tactics and frequent appearances on national media. The intended message is clear: Cory Booker is all show and no action. The message is gleaned from at least one Newark politician himself looking at a mayoral run.

Booker is the frontrunner in the special election race to fill out the rest of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term. With 1.4 million Twitter followers in a city of less than 300,000, the charismatic mayor has shot to national attention through social media and connections across the country.

The attack ad's website initially spelled Booker's first name with an 'e,' a mistake his campaign was quick to pounce on in their response. "It's hardly surprising that a group that couldn't even spell the mayor's first name right would get his record wrong too and disparage the work of thousands of Newarkers who have come together to turn around their city," the Booker campaign said in a statement.

"The one thing the ad proves is that extremist, right-wing groups are scared of having Cory Booker in the Senate."

American Commitment Action Fund has committed $100,000 to defeating Booker's Senate run. According to a spokesman, it has not yet been decided how much will be spent on the first ad although more ads are likely on the way.

The Booker project is American Commitment Action Fund's first. According to the statement, it was chosen because "this is the biggest race in the country right now, with a general slated two weeks after open enrollment in the news health care exchanges starts," the statement said.

"Cory Booker has a liberal record of failure and division that the voters of New Jersey need to know about," it said.

According to its website, the Super PAC is "committed to defeating big government liberals and electing free-market conservatives in races for federal office."


Filed under: Cory Booker • New Jersey
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    A newly created super-PAC is taking fire at Booker. Welcome to the Citzens United era in American politics. Where money is free speech, and free speech is bought with money. Welcome, one and all.

    We need to organize a United Citizens and get rid of that Citizens United decision. Because sooner or later, those United Citizens are going to start demanding the right to vote. Once that happens, the plutocrats will have won.

    July 23, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    Hate to agree with a Republican PAC, but they're mostly right about Booker being all talk and no action. That being said, why are they spending money to defeat him? He's their kind of guy.

    Blue Dog is better than nothing, but I'm particularly tepid about Booker. A little more time addressing Newark's issues, and a little less time on "Morning Joe", would've impressed me more. Finally, I didn't really care for it when he basically accused Obama of hating precious, precious Business Interests. Backstabber.

    July 23, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Guest

    Just what the senate needs, another unqualified community organizer to stand behind failed liberal positions and policies.

    Where is obama, holder, sharpton, jackson, the black caucus and naacp about shawn curtis in NJ and demarquis "the baby killer" in georgia???

    July 23, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. PaulCat

    The GOP are good at doing things like this. Only if they would put this much effort in creating jobs. Why do you people continue to vote republicans in office?

    July 23, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Laverne

    Good luck with that one! Cory Booker will win by a landslide as long as it is not proven he is a child molester or murderer!

    July 23, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    The attack ad's website initially spelled Booker's first name with an 'e,' a mistake his campaign was quick to pounce on in their response. "It's hardly surprising that a group that couldn't even spell the mayor's first name right would get his record wrong too and disparage the work of thousands of Newarkers who have come together to turn around their city," the Booker campaign said in a statement.
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    ignorant GOP'ers......don't waste your time and money.....you can't win. Wait...DO waste your time AND your $. You'll still lose

    July 23, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. California Gary

    I expect that Booker will cruise to a win in this race.........regardless of how much money is spent to smear him.

    July 23, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. rs

    You have to love the RIGHT". They love to haul out the old "liberal record of failure".
    Even across the pantheon of Democratic candidates few truly embody being overly "Liberal". Are the more liberal than the GOP- certainly, but across the board "centerist" is a far better and honest description.
    Question: If "Liberalism" is such a failure, what does the GOP have?
    The GOP has a track record of "cut taxes and spend" that created huge deficits; cutting taxes at a time of war (a first- no thinking body does that)- that created bigger deficts; rending the social safety net, and exporting jobs then wondering where all the uneployed came from. Jobs bill? No. Economic reform packages? No. Budgets? No.
    The GOP has nothing except perhaps the most radical, heavy handed government social agenda ever. It is a stretch to call them "conservatives", because by most definitions, they aren't.

    July 23, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Durundal

    Its a shame we couldnt regulate the naming of all political action funds so that the name conveys their actual purpose. Then again, I suppose "Trash Spewing Nuts Meddling in Politics" lacks a catchy acronym or looks as well with a picture of the american flag behind it and all flair'ed out with "patriotic" trappings. No substance, but way too much money

    July 23, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    Uh oh... Another person with dark skin is trying to win - better bring out the hater machine and crank it up to high. What a bunch of BS! Didn't the GOP learn antyhing from their war on Obama?

    July 23, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. California

    And in the next headline democrats do it to republicans.

    How ironic.

    July 23, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    More dirt bag Republican lies. I live and grew up near Newark and work there as well. Booker is the best and most dedicated mayor Newark has seen in my lifetime and I'm 56.

    July 23, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    California wrote:

    And in the next headline democrats do it to republicans. How ironic.
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    Hmmph. The next headline was already up when you posted that. It's about a corrupt Republican repaying illegal gifts that he is trying to call loans. No irony, and no big surprise.

    July 23, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. TONE

    The rehypocrisywill not win anything they will loose and loose big time throughout this country the people are tired of you putting your party and your rich donor friends before country and your hypocritical abortion laws will be your waterloo.

    July 23, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    You know you are on the right track when the rethugs and tea trolls are so afraid of you.

    July 23, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. California

    Marie MD

    You know you are on the right track when the rethugs and tea trolls are so afraid of you.
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    WOW. Name calling. How profound for a democrat.

    July 23, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    California wrote:

    Marie MD

    You know you are on the right track when the rethugs and tea trolls are so afraid of you.
    -
    WOW. Name calling. How profound for a democrat.

    [from the next article's thread]
    "Republicans/democrats both do this. Demcorats in this administration didn't pay their taxes for years. Tax cheat Timmy was the high profile one there considering his position."
    ----------------------------
    "Tax Cheat Timmy" I guess that wasn't really you that posted that, huh?

    July 23, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. rs

    California

    Marie MD

    You know you are on the right track when the rethugs and tea trolls are so afraid of you.
    -
    WOW. Name calling. How profound for a democrat.
    _______________________________
    After the "Birther" idiocy, the Right has no say in name calling. Got that?

    July 23, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |