Cory Booker

Monday, May 27, 2019
Urbandale
Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern, Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Ruth Henderson, Sam Kuhn, Matthew Peirce

Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Ruth Henderson, Shaun Ahernt and Sam Kuhn at Booker event on Memorial Day.

Ed writes: “Turnout for Booker’s holiday cookout was huge. We had a hard time getting to him in the crowd, but managed to ask him if he would sign the pledge to take no money from the fossil fuel industry. He said he already had signed it. According to the Oil Change International website, he’s listed as not having signed it. We will further investigate the disconnect.”

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Fairfield
Bird Dogs: Mary Tarnoff

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Saturday, April 15, 2019
Sioux City
Bird Dogs: Mark Leonard, Susan Leonard, Linda Santi

Susan was first after his opening stump. She acknowledged his “love” approach and theme for his campaign, and asked, considering the existential threat of climate change, how can any other issues be a higher priority if we will not have a livable planet in the near future?

Linda’s question to Booker was a long of lines of “Is climate change so inevitable now that we need to make tough decisions and say goodbye to the Barrier Islands, Manhattan, South Beach and Miami, Atlantic City, the Louisiana coast line, and New Orleans? Or can we save communities like that?

There is a front page story in the Sioux City Journal the next day that mentions Booker’s response to the two climate change questions.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Christine Nobiss, Lakasha Touches Lightning, Ed Fallon

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Saturday, February 9, 2019
Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Samantha Kuhn, Todd Steichen, Ed Fallon

Booker spoke strongly about the Green New Deal on Friday in Mason City. Yet in Des Moines, he didn’t once mention the climate crisis. Ed Fallon managed a quick climate shout-out to Booker as he was leaving (see video).

We were also very disappointed to see how scripted was this event — and how unfriendly to attendees. Some people were made to stand outside in the cold for 15 minutes after the announced starting time of the event. Even though there was plenty of room for chairs in the theater, only a few were provided, and it appeared that these chairs were for a hand-picked few. Attendees stood for as long as three hours in a stifling theater.

Booker talked a lot, and took “questions” from a hand-picked panel of five local politicians. We suspect the questions were prepared ahead of time, and mostly gave Booker more time to talk about himself. After the staged portion of the program, Booker took only three questions. Our team had to make its way up front, over the chairs, to catch him before he left.

Thanks to Bold's team of Kathy Byrnes, Samantha Kuhn, Todd Steichen and Ed Fallon for bird-dogging Cory Booker yesterday in Des Moines. Booker spoke strongly about the Green New Deal in Mason City on Friday, yet in Des Moines didn't once mention the climate crisis. We managed a quick climate shout-out to Booker as he was leaving.

Posted by Bold Iowa on Sunday, February 10, 2019