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Obama Aide on Cory Booker: 'He's Dead to Us'

Newark mayor was up for Cabinet post, but no more
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2012 11:22 AM CDT
Obama Aide on Cory Booker: 'He's Dead to Us'
In an image made from video provided by Gov. Chris Christie's office, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker perform in a video parody that spoofs the mayor's heroics and Christie's vice presidential potential.   (AP Photo/Gov. Chris Christie's office)

(Newser) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker may have backpedaled from that "nauseating" comment and sung the praises of President Obama, but it won't be enough to restore the luster to the once-rising star of the Democratic Party. "He's dead to us,” one White House official tells the New York Post. Booker had reportedly been aiming for the housing secretary position in the Obama Cabinet before he spoke out strongly against the campaign's Bain attacks.

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It didn't help that Booker's online video "clarifying" his position on Bain came out many hours after the original remarks (the White House apparently wanted an immediate statement) and was not cleared by Obama aides. Additional comments by Booker the next night on Rachel Maddow's program only made things worse, as Booker sounded like he had been forced to retract his original statement. "It's not just that he messed up, it was that he compounded it and didn’t have their back when they gave him a national stage to talk," said a Democratic source. (Read more Cory Booker stories.)

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