Cory Booker Rescues Freezing Dog
Even as Frank Lautenberg questions his job performance
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2013 11:48 AM CST
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(Newser) – Cory Booker revived his part-time superhero act last night, coming to the rescue of a dog that been left out in the freezing cold. The Newark mayor was alerted to the pooch's plight via his usual bat signal: Twitter. A reporter from WABC 7 spotted the dog and tweeted to Booker about it; the message eventually got to the mayor, who arrived, loaded the dog into a police car, and then called its owners to scold them for leaving it out. "You just can't leave your dogs out here on a day like this," Booker told WABC.

Booker's been getting some scoldings of his own lately from fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg, who earlier this week likened Booker to a "disrespectful" child who needed a spanking. Booker is publicly pursuing a run for Lautenberg's Senate seat, but the 89-year-old hasn't said he plans to retire. Yesterday, Lautenberg made his criticism more pointed, telling the National Journal that Booker has "a lot of work to do" in Newark—"a lot of work that should have been done and hasn't been done." Booker hasn't replied directly, but Daily Intel did spot this sanguine tweet: "'He who flings mud loses a lot of ground.' Ancient Proverb."

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tpm19
Jan 27, 2013 2:58 PM CST
I think it is a pretty safe bet to say that most people hate politicians. Hell, I work with them and cannot stand them. Pretty much everything they do is just to get reelected. But Cory Booker is different in that he really seems to care for the common man. I know that most (obviously not all) is for publicity but come on, at least he is doing something. When is the last time you heard about a mayor of a town this much? Mr. Booker, please don't lost your sense of humanity in this jaded business of politics
bubbahotep
Jan 26, 2013 1:06 PM CST
King of the photo op. Good for the dog, though.
kati
Jan 26, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Not much to admire in Newark, only Booker. It doesn't matter if it's selfpromoting, it's educational for a city very much in need of humane education and spay/neuter.