Aug 25, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The New Jersey Star-Ledger: Newark Mayor Cory Booker will speak at the Democratic National Convention next month in Charlotte, N.C., President Obama’s campaign announced late Thursday night.
Booker, one of a dozen speakers the Obama campaign announced, will present the party platform to convention delegates on Sept. 4. He will be joined by Retired Army Lt. General Claudia Kennedy and Rep. Barbara Lee of California.
It is unclear what time Booker will speak, but so far, he is the only New Jersey Democrat who has been given a speaking role at the convention, which will be held Sept. 3-6. Booker co-chaired the party platform committee and his speech is an extension of that leadership role.
The speech is as good an indication as any that Booker did not burn many bridges with party leaders in May when he criticized the Obama campaign for attacking Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital.
Moreover, if Booker remains the only speaker from New Jersey, it helps distinguish him from other state Democrats possibly vying for the party’s gubernatorial nomination next year.