Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rescue impact

Newark Mayor Cory Booker's heroic rescue of a woman from a burning house the other night will raise what was already an impressive national profile for a local New Jersey official. However, according to some political analysts quoted in The Record, the event's impact on his political career is likely to be limited. They cite, for instance:
the case of Tom Barrett. The Milwaukee Mayor was heralded as a hero when he was bludgeoned with a tire iron while intervening in a 2009 domestic dispute, but he still narrowly lost a bid for governor the following year. Mitt Romney’s Jet Ski rescue of a six men and a dog from a sinking boat in 2003 has barely been mentioned in his presidential campaign.
Huh? was my response to that last sentence. Further research digs up this

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