Booker’s Communication Director Quits Over Meet The Press Comments
Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s communication director has quit over Booker’s comments on NBC’s Meet The Press.
Anne Torres resigned her position according to PolitickerNJ as a result of the appearance which resulted in Booker posted a second video later the day the interview aired to clarify his comments.\
Booker’s Chief of Staff Mo Butler said the decision was “amicable” and Torres will continue to be part of the Booker administratioln’s “extended family.” Butler told the Star Ledger that Torres resignation was connected to the Meet the Press appearance.
“I just decided it is best if I pursued other opportunities,” Torres told the paper. “We have very different views on how communications should be run.”
During the Meet The Press appearance Booker said he found attack ads from both candidates “nauseating” and called them a “distraction from the real issues.”
Later in the day Booker released a YouTube video in which he said it is “reasonable” for the Obama campaign to examine Romney’s business record since Romney himself has made it “a centerpiece of his campaign.”
Booker says his earlier remarks were intended to express his “profound frustration” with negative campaigning. And he reiterated that he believes Obama “more than deserves re-election.”
According to her Linkedin page, Torres has served in the communications office since 2006 when she was hired as an executive assistant and became Chief of Staff in 2007. She was promoted to Communications Director in 2010.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.