At one time, he wanted to be known in the American political sphere as “Sparticus.” Up to this moment, that seriously was Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey’s claim to fame all five minutes of it.
Now that he dropped out of the running for the Democrat presidential nomination for 2020, Booker is once again in the headlines…and he’s reminding people that he actually was in the race, to begin with.
CORY BOOKER DROPPED OUT
Another One Bites the Dust
The man known as bathroom booker and Spartacus dropped out the Presidential Race.
I FORGOT HE WAS WAS IN THE RACE
Not only I did I forget that I forgot he even existed
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) January 13, 2020
Well, it seems that name recognition does not seem to be one of Booker’s strengths.
It’s with a full heart that I share this news—I’m suspending my campaign for president.
To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot—thank you. I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together. pic.twitter.com/Fxvc549vlJ
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 13, 2020
“Today, I’m suspending my campaign for president with the same spirit with which it began. It is my faith in us, my faith in us together as a nation, that we share common pain and common problems,” Booker said. “And so now, I recommit myself to the work. I can’t wait to get back on the campaign trail and campaign as hard as I can for whoever is the eventual nominee and for candidates up and down the ballot.”
His campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, announced in late September that Booker needed an influx of donations to stay in the race, $1.7 million by the end of the third quarter. While the New Jersey senator met that goal, his fundraising was consistently a fraction of what top-tier competitors raised.
From the beginning of his candidacy, Booker struggled to gain much popular support. Most polls throughout the primary race never had him registering more than 2% to 3% in support, although the 50-year-old had met the polling and donor thresholds for the Democratic primary debates through October.
However, the people like Booker who have dropped out of the presidential race cannot compete on a financial basis with the billionaires who have thrown their hats into the ring. Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg – both men whose fortunes depend on progressive policies – have announced their challenges to President Trump’s office holding.
Unfortunately, people like Booker who are more entertaining, really can’t even hold the billionaire’s beer.