Newsday carried a little item about Mayor Cory Booker’s plans to head to D.C., should Sen. Barack Obama win the presidential election. Specifically he says that he’s not leaving Newark. Of course, that won’t satisfy any the skeptics who insist that he’s using Newark as a stepping stone to further his political career, and that even if he keeps crime low, improves the schools, attracts development and empowers people to change their lives for the better, that kind of ambition makes him a bad, bad person.
Booker told The Associated Press in January that he wouldn’t be interested in a Cabinet position if one were offered. On Wednesday, he reiterated that sentiment, saying there’s “no way” he’d leave Newark.
He’s just past the midpoint of his first term in office, and is up for re-election in 2010.
Booker has campaigned for Obama in several states, and recently attended the Democratic convention in Denver.