Booker discusses the resignation of Governor Spitzer
Cory Booker is the junior United States senator from New Jersey. He was born in Washington, D.C., and his parents, who both worked for IBM, later relocated the family to Harrington Park, New Jersey. A star high school athlete, Booker received a football scholarship to Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar before earning his law degree from Yale University. Booker won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg to become New Jersey’s first African American senator and only the twenty-first person in American history to ascend directly from mayor to senator. Booker lives in Newark’s Central Ward. His book, United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good, gives an account of his own political education that have shaped his particular civic vision for America.
Question: Should Governor Spitzer resign?
Cory Booker: Well, first of all, I don't know the facts yet and I've learned from being in this business--I read an article about me today that was not true, not that it wasn't true but the facts were not presented in a way that gave a full color of what really was going on so--being in the center and reading about yourself, I am so slow to make judgments until the truth comes out. So I withhold judgment on Spitzer, but, if a politician, or not even a politician--you can pick other careers--somebody that has the public trust is guilty of a federal crime, yeah, they should resign, so I will say that. But we as a people, let's--as he resigns, as he loses his dignity and loses face, so on and so forth, I hope that we all conduct ourselves in a way of compassion
The truth has to come out before making a judgment, but Booker hopes we can be compassionate.
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