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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:00 PM

Report: Lautenberg Aide Slams Booker For Being ‘Self-Absorbed And Disrespectful’

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TOM KLUDT 2:57 PM EST, FRIDAY JANUARY 11, 2013

It is still unclear if Cory Booker (D) will square off with Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in a primary for the 2014 U.S. Senate race, but a report published Friday in Politico suggested that the longtime senator took umbrage to the high-profile Newark, N.J. mayor's decision to pursue his seat.

The story quoted an unnamed senior adviser to Lautenberg, who had choice words for Booker.

“This guy is self-absorbed and disrespectful,” the adviser said of Booker, who filed his campaign papers with the Federal Election Commision for the Senate race earlier this week. “It’s shameful that he avoided challenging a Republican just so that he can take on a long-serving, loyal Democrat."

Booker said during an appearance on CNN Monday that he has yet to meet with Lautenberg, noting he wants to give the 88-year-old incumbent "space to make his own decision." Lautenberg has yet to announce if he will seek a sixth term, but a poll released Thursday indicated that New Jersey Democrats would prefer to see Booker hold the seat.

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Reply Report: Lautenberg Aide Slams Booker For Being ‘Self-Absorbed And Disrespectful’ (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #1
Tempest Jan 2013 #2
Enrique Jan 2013 #5
Tempest Jan 2013 #6
SoapBox Jan 2013 #7
Tempest Jan 2013 #9
karynnj Jan 2013 #12
Tempest Jan 2013 #13
karynnj Jan 2013 #14
Beacool Jan 2013 #15
JVS Jan 2013 #18
Liberal_Stalwart71 Jan 2013 #23
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #34
Tempest Jan 2013 #35
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #36
Tempest Jan 2013 #37
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #38
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #3
Liberal_Stalwart71 Jan 2013 #24
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #39
Bonhomme Richard Jan 2013 #4
hrmjustin Jan 2013 #8
BeyondGeography Jan 2013 #10
graham4anything Jan 2013 #11
Seeking Serenity Jan 2013 #26
graham4anything Jan 2013 #28
Beacool Jan 2013 #16
Divine Discontent Jan 2013 #17
Beacool Jan 2013 #21
BluegrassDem Jan 2013 #19
Liberal_Stalwart71 Jan 2013 #25
Rowdyboy Jan 2013 #20
Liberal_Stalwart71 Jan 2013 #22
amandabeech Jan 2013 #33
Blasphemer Jan 2013 #27
RudynJack Jan 2013 #29
Stringfellow Hawke Jan 2013 #30
RudynJack Jan 2013 #31
Odin2005 Jan 2013 #32

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:05 PM

1. Oh my God. 88? Unless you're trying to win the Strom Thurmond

Longevity Award, retire with dignity instead of a sad primary fight...please...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:07 PM

2. Isn't Lautenberg the same one who was implicated in the Abscam scandal?

And was almost kicked out of Congress because of it?

This guy really needs to learn to keep his mouth shut.

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Response to Tempest (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:17 PM

5. link please n/t

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Response to Enrique (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:27 PM

7. So...

and I did not read all through this stuff. If you Google, it's all over the place. Looks like Lautenberg was NOT involved? Only took the place of Harrison Williams who was involved and resigned? Feel free to correct me!

"In 1982 he received the Democratic nomination for a US Senate seat from New Jersey. The seat had been occupied by Democrat Harrison Williams, who resigned on March 11, 1982 after being implicated in the Abscam scandal.Lautenberg won the election and took office several days before the traditional swearing-in of senators."

http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Frank_Lautenberg

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"Abscam (sometimes ABSCAM) was a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation run from the FBI's Hauppauge, Long Island, office in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The operation initially targeted trafficking in stolen property but was converted to a public corruption investigation.

The investigation ultimately led to the conviction of a United States Senator, five members of the House of Representatives, one member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, and an inspector for the Immigration and Naturalization Service."

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

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:30 PM

9. I stand corrected

I went from memory and got the facts wrong.

It was Williams and Lautenberg replaced him.

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Response to Tempest (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:17 PM

12. Absolutely NOT - there are no scandals with Lautenberg - none even suggested

that was Harrison Williams.

Lautenberg should be a DU hero. He has been a consistent advocate for the poor ... not justthe middle class. As to pro labor, he explained why he got into politics at a Democratic event in Morris County when someone mentioned they were from Patterson and their parents (grandparents) knew his father.

His father was an immigrant who settled in NJ in Patterson and worked in the Patterson silk factories. He spoke of how is father argued that he need to get an education and NEVER work in those factories. He spoke of his dad describing how you could see the minute particles of silk when you looked toward the light from the window. His dad spoke of how this likely was not healthful -- and it wasn't. His dad died young - I think he said in his 40s.

Lautenberg served in WWII and went to college on a GI bill. He eventually became very successful in business in the best way. He started a company called ADP. He became rich, sold the company and went into politics. He has been one of the most consistent liberals there is. Oh his reason for becoming involved in politics - he wanted to be on the side of people without power - like his dad was.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:20 PM

13. Corrected hours ago if you took the time to read the posts. n/t

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Response to Tempest (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:33 PM

14. I went BEYOND saying he was not involved in ABSCAM

He was my Senator (until I moved in December) and he is an extraordinarily good person.

I wanted to relate a story I personally heard him tell in 2006 when he was with the Morris county Democrats when he was lobbying for Menendez. Incidentally, my experience was that he spoke to regular (not powerful) Democrats more than the younger Menendez did in Morris County. I assume that this was because Menendez knew the county was pretty Republican.

Booker is interesting - and he very likely will be the next Senator. If Lautenberg were even 10 years younger - I would argue that this would be a loss. Lautenberg is by far the more progressive and liberal - and still feisty. Two things I remember are - that in 2004 - He actually spoke in the Senate explaining with a poster what a chicken hawk was -- and in 2005, when Bush was pushing privatization of SS a group of Senators spoke with selected people using the program. Though the Senators included Kerry, who should have been President and Hillary Clinton who everyone thought would be the next President, the Senator who was most effective was --- Lautenberg in a dialogue with a Brooklyn man of nearly the same age. Between them they made the case for SS - and totally impressed the people with them.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:34 PM

15. I agree.

Lautenberg is my senator and he is a good person.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:11 AM

18. "He has been one of the most consistent liberals there is."

And that's why the new dems want to shit all over him. He's keeping them from having a nice seat from which to pursue centrism.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:30 AM

23. I'm shocked by the ageism here at DU. It saddens me. By all accounts, Lautenberg has done a good

job for New Jersey. Why the disrespect?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #34)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:28 PM

35. Once again, I corrected myself yesterday. You're beating a dead horse. n/t

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Response to Tempest (Reply #35)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:30 PM

36. Sorry. Wasn't meaning to hassle you.

Hadn't read all the relevant posts until now. Have now self-deleted the post you were responding to.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #36)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:45 PM

37. No problem. Got a little sensitive after the second time it happened after I corrected myself. n/t

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Response to Tempest (Reply #37)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:57 PM

38. We've all been there.

Have a nice weekend.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:13 PM

3. If Booker desires a Senate seat ...

where, and whom, should he challenge? Should he move to another state?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:32 AM

24. No, but he should at least afford Lautenberg the decency and respect to speak with him.

Democrats shouldn't treat other Democrats like this.

Lautenberg is not entitled to that seat; on the other hand, I see nothing wrong with at least speaking with him, since he does still hold it.

I'm disappointed in Cory Booker. I don't like the way he's going about this whole thing. It makes him seem cold and calculating.

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #24)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:58 PM

39. Also, Booker should publicly commit to remaining a Dem if elected

A lot of the time, he's run his city like a "pro-business" center-right independent, and I'm not sure he can be trusted NOT to cross the floor if elected.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:13 PM

4. Talk about self-absorbed. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:27 PM

8. I think both men know something about being self-absorbed. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:30 PM

10. For the love of there is no "I" in team, Frank

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:02 PM

11. This is from an aide who will lose his job, greedy aide at that. This is NOT from Lautenberg himself

 

it is always the staffers who are greedy, as it is their job they won't have when a new person comes in.

but remember- Lautenberg retired a few years back, and only because no one else could be found did he come out of retirement. He never planned on still being senator.
(it was because another whiner, Bill Bradley disappeared from the face of the earth after dribbling his basketball and leaving the arena like a spoiled little brat after 2000).

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 11:29 AM

26. Someone not wanting to lose one's job makes one greedy?

Really?

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Response to Seeking Serenity (Reply #26)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:16 PM

28. But they should not speak for the Senator. I don't think he would have run again anyhow.

 

and to wait while the repubs amass a fortune would not do well.

This way Mayor Booker will easily get the nom, and he easily will win.
There is no republican that can run for senate and win.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:36 PM

16. I don't know if Lautenberg is planning to run for reelection.

But if he does, Does Booker plan to run against him?

Not cool............



Forgot to add, if Booker pushes Lautenberg out I refuse to vote for him.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #16)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:46 AM

17. I agree! that would be really wrong. (D) Lautenberg has been pretty good from what I know, and to

have that happen to him would be very wrong. Why didn't he decide to run against Christie - a good Dem could beat him. But, then I start thinking about all this multi-level chess and whyyyyy perhaps Booker isn't running against Christie, and well, I'll just say, I agree with you!

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Response to Divine Discontent (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 AM

21. Booker has always been very ambitious.

I'm surprised that he didn't get a spot in the Obama administration back in 2009. Booker knows that Christie is popular in the state. He is taking the easy route, trying to push out Lautenberg due to his age. The party may go along because there are no AA Democratic senators since Obama became president. But, if a good man like Lautenberg is pushed out, I will abstain to vote for Booker.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:59 AM

19. Lautenberg needs to retire...period.

If he wins again, he'll most likely die in office and Christie will appoint a Republican. If anything, he's the one being selfish, not Booker. Lautenberg has had his time and he needs to go live out his years in retirement and give other Dems a chance.

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Response to BluegrassDem (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:33 AM

25. How do you know this? You don't. It's speculation.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:20 AM

20. I have really mixed feelings on this one. Lautenberg is SOLID but he'll be 88 in 2014...

Rethuglican Christie can appoint his sucessor should he run and win again. I really like Booker but he isn't nearly as solidly liberal as Lautenberg and the senate will be more conservative should Booker be Lautenberg's replacement...

But then I live in Mississippi where my choices are asshole and super-asshole. I should dream of having problems like choosing between these two....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:28 AM

22. I'm starting to see this about Cory Booker, too. First, his defense of Bain Capital really irked me.

Second, his disregard for his elder statesman leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Someone on Facebook commented that he seems to be preparing himself for national media attention after I posted the "Booker used to hate gays" story. He is coming across as calculating and self-serving.

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #22)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 05:22 PM

33. He seems to really like Wall Street in general.

We can come up with better candidates than Booker.

But, I don't live in New Jersey anymore, and it's the people of New Jersey who will vote for him. Or not.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:10 PM

27. I understand respecting those who came before you but...

Cory Booker, and any one, else can choose to run whether or not Lautenberg wants to retire. It's a democracy and I am so tired of how Senate seats in particular are treated as some sort of noble right. It's not the House of Lords. No one needs permission. You can call me ageist if you'd like but I believe term limits need to be imposed because the ages at which these politicians cling to their positions of power are ridiculous. Is it any wonder that things such as changing procedural rules never happen? The Senate needs a regular infusion of fresh blood, fresh ideas and approaches that defy the status quo. We can't get that with same people hanging around for decades.

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Response to Blasphemer (Reply #27)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:18 PM

29. I'm against term limits...

but common sense should tell a man not to run for the Senate when he's 90 years old.

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Response to RudynJack (Reply #29)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:27 PM

30. Tell that to Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd. Who died in office.

 

I firmly believe that Lautenberg, if health is good, should go ahead and run again, and get Booker to run for Governor instead.

Booker is not ready for national politics yet - he needs to work on leading New Jersey, not just Newark.

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Response to Stringfellow Hawke (Reply #30)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:40 PM

31. Byrd died at 92

and missed much of his later years in the Senate due to health issues.

Thurmond was an empty shell who was wheeled out by his aides to vote.

Neither one was an effective senator.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:11 PM

32. Booker is a centrist wind-sock.

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