Cory Booker

Friday, August 10, 2019
Meskwaki Pow Wow
Bird Dogs: Lee Tesdell, Donnielle Wanatee

Booker at Meskwaki Pow Wow

Cory Booker and Lee Tesdell

Lee shares: “I had a chance to chat with Cory Booker tonight at the Meskwaki Powwow. When I asked him if climate change was number one, he agreed.

“Donielle showed him around the museum tent.”


Friday, July 26, 2019
West Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Shaun Ahern, Christine Curry, Channing Dutton, Samantha Kuhn, Anmol Pakhale and Susan Pohl

Shaun Ahern, Samantha Kuhn, Cory Booker and Anmol Pakhale

Bold Iowa bird dogs talked to Cory Booker at his event at the Platinum Cutz Barbershop. After shaving two men’s head for charity, Cory talked to individuals in the crowd. Bird Dog Samantha Kuhn asked him if he would declare a Climate Emergency on Day One and his answer was a resounding “Yes!” Watch the YouTube video to see Booker talk about the various changes that must take place to help America and the world overcome the problem of the Climate Crisis and other environmental issues.


Friday, July 26, 2019
Des Moines
Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Michael Halloran, and Todd Steichen

Todd Steichen, Michael Halloran, Ed Fallon and Kathy Byrnes outside the New Leaders Council forum with Cory Booker.

The Bold Iowa bird dogs managed to catch Cory Booker on the way in to the New Leaders Council and ask him if he will  mobilize our country’s resources to address the climate crisis on Day One. Booker answered with a definitive yes! Watch the clip.


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

Kathy Byrnes, Ed Fallon, Ruth Henderson, Shaun Ahern 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.”


Friday, May 24, 2019
Bird Dogs: Mary Tarnoff


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.


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


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