Massachusetts Governor Campaigns For Booker
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Princeton. September 24, 2013
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick offered support for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker at four campaign events in New Jersey today, but Booker wasn’t with him.
Governor Patrick told students at Princeton University that Booker has the right qualities to be a U.S. Senator.
“He’s unusually thoughtful, smart, brave enough to confront and to engage with people of a different point of view. We need that kind of leadership in Washington. We need that king of leadership at all levels of government.”
Patrick said it’s not disappointing that Booker didn’t join him on the campaign trail.
“It would be in my experience, which admittedly is limited, unusual if he were here today. The way we’ve used surrogates at home is to leverage the campaign, not to duplicate what the candidate is doing.”
Monmouth University political analyst Patrick Murray says it is unusual for a candidate not to appear with a high profile surrogate.
“It sends a message to the voters that I’m taking this granted. I’ve got better things to do. Here I’m flying in one of my celebrity friends top be in my place, and voters don’t take too kindly to that.”
A recent poll finds Booker's lead over Republican Steve Lonegan is 12 points.