I never would have thought I’d have more respect for President Obama’s first Chief of Staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, than I have for Cory Booker.
The contrast of the two mayors actions in the face of murderous violence in their cities makes having a higher regard for Booker than Emanuel impossible.
Emanuel was scheduled to be in Jersey City tonight to rally the troops and raise money for Booker. A late night shooting occurred in Chicago last night that left 13 people wounded, three in critical conditions, including a 3 year old. Emanuel canceled his trip to New Jersey. Booker, who was not even scheduled to be at the Jersey City rally because he left Newark yesterday for California to raise money for his U.S. Senate campaign, called off the Emanuel event which was also to have featured Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.
Unless he gets on a plane and comes home, Booker will be disco dancing in San Francisco tonight with the “San Francisco Young Professionals for Cory Booker.”
Booker is scheduled to spend the weekend in California, though Monday night when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are co-hosting a big ticket fundraising dinner for him.