Who is... Cory Booker?
Cory Anthony Booker joined the ranks of the many who have declared candidacy for the office of President of the United States on February second.
He has some unusual attributes. First of all he is a bachelor when no unmarried man has been elected to be president since 1886. Born in 1969, 6’ 4” and never been married. He has been tagged as a very eligible man.
Next Booker is notably the only vegan in the Senate. "I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can. Being vegan for me is a cleaner way of not participating in practices that don't align with my values."
What qualifies him for the job of President of the United States?????
Being a member of the Democrat party gets him the beginnings of the progressive mantle. Here are the other findings that are relevant to the question at hand:
Booker has made criminal justice reform and the decriminalization of marijuana integral issues of his agenda in the Senate. Pointing to the disproportionate incarceration of minorities for marijuana-related offenses, he crafted the Marijuana Justice Act in the summer of 2017.
...one of the chief architects of the First Step Act ....The legislation increases investment in programs to curb recidivism among federal prisoners and modifies several sentencing laws, including mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.
He has crafted a piece of legislation to provide low-income kids with a nest egg of $50,000, what he calls “baby bonds.” Another Booker bill would guarantee a job to anyone who wants one. Earlier this fall, he spoke passionately about the problem of economic concentration.
When you make an investment in a kid’s education, it expands the economy. When you make an investment in every child having wealth, you actually expand the whole. It has a multiplier effect.
Has faced criticism by some progressives for receiving large donations from pharmaceutical corporations and banks. His 2020 campaign will not accept donations from corporate PACs or lobbyists.
The New Jersey senator and 12 other Senate Democrats had joined the bulk of the Republican caucus to kill a proposal aimed at lowering prescription drug prices.
Conclusion: How can you not like a man whose favorite word is Love and has his mother send out fundraising email for him?
Written by Olympia Indivisible member Glen Hubbard