Open Letter to Cory Booker:
Dear Senator Booker,
We follow your career. Four your time on the Newark city council to your time as the mayor of Newark, you have always put the people first. You were the first politician to use social media as a way to interact responsibly with your constituents. Your organic rise to Senator of New Jersey is a story that will be told for generations. You make us proud.
The Work Isn’t Done:
Moreover, the work isn’t done. We watch you on Capitol Hill day in and day out. You fight against the blatant racism the current Whitehouse exhibits. With numbers against you, we observe you interact respectfully with your Republican colleagues. You come up with bi-partisan solutions to make our government run more efficiently. Your work noticeable, and it is appreciated.
Notwithstanding, as the keynote speaker at a recent school choice event in New Orleans you showed courage. Much like the Civil Rights leaders of yesteryear, you continue to show character and resilience. School choice is nothing new to you. Your work with Cami Anderson spearheaded to Newark Public Schools shedding state oversight.
Your recent car tour with Civil Rights icon John Lewis was reminiscent of the Freedom Summers. The humility and respect that you show for the elders, both black and white is a trait that this country so desperately needs right now. Your interaction with former president Jimmy Carter and his urging you to run for president spurred me to pen this open letter to you.
All in all now is not the time to be humble. Now is not the time to allow friendships to interfere with your destiny. I remember a train ride with H. Carl McCall, shortly after Elliot Spitzer won the governorship of NY. I asked him candidly, “why didn’t you run”, he said because “Elliot was the guy.” We all know how that story ended, and McCall missed his opportunity.
In summary, we need you as a candidate for the 2020 Presidential election. With you as a candidate, it will shape policy, and make this a country for and about the people. If you win, criminal justice reform, black unemployment, education reform will become staples of your administration. We need this. Please consider this letter in deciding if you will run for president.