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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:09 PM

 

Cory Booker Engineers City Council Coup In Newark, Near-Riot Ensues

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Amazing footage from Newark as Mayor Cory Booker seated a crony on the City Council per a backroom deal, then got run off the stage by protesters in a near-riot:



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The cops maced a bunch of people, Booker slunk off into the darkness and once again, we see democracy, American-style, in action.

Afterwards the crowd chanted "Cory's gotta go! Cory's gotta go!" and Councilman Darrin Shariftold told the Newark Star-Ledger:

"This truly was an out-of-body experience. The mayor, who goes all around the country to talk about democracy literally in the back of the room, hiding in the shadows."

As an aside, this is exactly the kind of political manipulation corporate education reformers like Cory Booker do all the time to sell off the public school system.

http://perdidostreetschool.blogspot.com/2012/11/cory-booker-engineers-city-council-coup.html

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HiPointDem Nov 2012 OP
Enrique Nov 2012 #1
nashville_brook Nov 2012 #2
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #5
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #3
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #4

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:29 PM

1. i don't know what the issues are, but...

but in general I like seeing ordinary people barging into back room deals

reminds me of this video from Chicago:

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:41 PM

2. why was there an open seat? did folks know this was going to happen?

from the looks of the meeting it's pretty packed -- did people know beforehand what was about to happen?

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Response to nashville_brook (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:13 PM

5. from what i gather, john sharpe james, son of a former mayor, came in 5th in

 

the last council elections. one of the council members went somewhere else (senate?) to take over his father's seat, so a seat was open. the rioting faction thinks js james should take the seat. booker's faction wants his man in.

there was a tie vote on the council so booker cast the tie-breaking vote.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/john_sharpe_james_to_seek_newa.html

interesting to me, the poet amiri bakara (leroi jones), is one of the pro-james people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiri_Baraka

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:50 PM

3. Cory Booker is turning out to be your corporate turncoat.

He is quickly becoming a taboo within the democratic party.

What a fake.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:55 PM

4. Rachel Maddow will have a sad

"My friend...."

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