Cory Booker’s Greatest 2020 Strength—And Biggest Weakness
We asked opposition researchers to break down the likely Democratic field. Here’s what they had to say about Sen. Cory Booker, his star power, and his perceived ties to big banks.
It appears increasingly likely that the 2020 Democratic primary field will be the most wide open in recent memory, and perhaps in the history of American politics.
The Daily Beast spoke with opposition researchers and operatives in both parties to get a sense of what could prove helpful and harmful for candidates. These are the individuals whose job it is to understand and exploit the vulnerabilities of those running for office. All of them cautioned that their perspectives were not the same as predictions. But they still had insights to share, which The Daily Beast will be presenting in a multi-part series. Today, we look at Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) who has risen from mayor of Newark to one of the most recognizable Democrats in the U.S. Senate but who remains hampered by his perceived ties to Wall Street.