Democrats believe they will defeat Donald Trump in 2020.
One Democrat stepped up as a threat to win the nomination.
But a sex scandal from this top Democrat’s past just destroyed his chances in 2020.
Cory Booker Sets the Stage for a Presidential Run
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is running for President.
He isn’t even pretending.
He told New York Magazine “Of course the presidency will be something I consider. It would be irresponsible not to.”
If that wasn’t enough, Booker said he got back from campaigning for the Democratic nominee for Senate in Nevada.
“You’re catching me on a day when I’m physically depleted,” Booker said. “My spirits are up, but I just campaigned for nearly every candidate in Nevada: secretary of State; guy for AG; guy running for governor; uh, Jacky Rosen, who will hopefully be my colleague; some assembly and legislative leaders. Then flew to Seattle, landed, headlined an event there, and then got right on a plane at 6 a.m. and came back.”
Pundits view Booker as a top contender.
Booker raised his profile with Democrats during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings,.
He engaged in political stunts to try and embarrass Kavanaugh.
Booker tried to prove to the “resistance” that he was the fighter they wanted to run against Donald Trump.
A Sex Scandal from Booker’s Past Resurfaces
Booker continued his attacks on Brett Kavanaugh.
Christine Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a party when they were in high school.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations and Ford’s story is full of holes.
But Booker said Ford’s claims were “serious, credible, and deeply troubling.”
He joined other Democrats in calling for the GOP to delay a vote on Kavanaugh.
Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine called Booker out.
He pointed out that Booker should give Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt.
Mulshine noted that when Booker was in college he published a column in the Stanford Daily newspaper describing how he groped a girl without her consent.
“New Year’s Eve 1984 I will never forget. I was 15. As the ball dropped, I leaned over to hug a friend and she met me instead with an overwhelming kiss. As we fumbled upon the bed, I remember debating my next ‘move’ as if it were a chess game,” Booker wrote.
“With the ‘Top Gun’ slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast. After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark,’” he continued, without explaining what he meant by “mark.”
Booker wrote a follow-up column talking about how he recognized he was wrong and grew up.
Critics wonder how Booker steers his way through this controversy when he runs for President.
In the current Democrat Party, being accused of sexual misconduct is enough to destroy careers.
Democrats are willing to overlook these scandals when the only other option is a Republican.
But Booker will be running against a host of other Democrats – including many women candidates.
Will one use Booker admitting to sexual misconduct to destroy his candidacy?
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.