Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s communication director resigned today. And Twitter smells something fishy. Her resignation comes in the wake of Mayor Booker’s Meet the Press appearance wherein he called the Presiden’ts attacks on Bain Capital “crap” and “nauseating.” Boy, did he step in it! Stepping out of Leftist formation is punishable and Mayor Booker swiftly made a hostage-style video to “clarify.” Dare to think for oneself? Does not suit. Mayor Booker made the horrible mistake of being honest.
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) May 29, 2012
Seems like Anna Torres is being made a scapegoat for Cory Booker's MTP comments. http://t.co/NFoHb7ON
— PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) May 29, 2012
Backpedaling fails, as Anne Torres takes to Twitter to deny that her resignation had anything to do with the Meet the Press appearance and subsequent hostage video.
The rumors are ridiculous..it's not about MTP..come on folks.
— Anne Torres (@AnneMTorres) May 29, 2012
The timing, however, is suspect.
— Paul C. Kluding (@PR__Paul) May 29, 2012
Cory Booker's press director is stepping down, days after Booker criticized the Obama campaign. http://t.co/GXxO4E3F
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 29, 2012
Convenient. More from The Wall Street Journal:
Torres said she was involved in helping the mayor prepare for the “Meet the Press” appearance and wouldn’t say if she was also tasked to aid in the YouTube response.
A Newark native, Torres was tapped as Newark’s communications director in 2010 after serving previously as Booker’s chief of staff and an executive assistant to the mayor.
But his Meet the Press appearance had nothing to do with it, huh? Move along, nothing to see here.
— Phillip M. Bailey (@phillipmbailey) May 29, 2012
.@AnneMTorres was a branding/comms expert, 5yr. Booker vet and victim of politics. But if you're in the market for a communication person 🙂
— mcbc (@mcbc) May 29, 2012
UPDATE: The Mayor’s office sends out the following statement from Torres:
Effective today, I am resigning from my position as Communications Director. It has been a pleasure to serve in this Administration for six years, and as a Newarker, there is no greater reward than to work for the city that you love. I’ve had the opportunity to work with an amazing team, and wish the Mayor the best.
Torres did not return a request for further comment.
UPDATE 2: Torres tells the Newark Star Ledger that she resigned because of “different views”:
“I just decided it is best if I pursued other opportunities,” Torres said by phone. “We have very different views on how communications should be run.”
Booker’s week in the limelight finally ended on Thursday with a series of late-night tweets in which he apologized for his “mistake.”
Twitter isn’t buying that there is no connection whatsoever.
I hope she's resigning because her boss caved to DNC pressure. http://t.co/WftCbyJb
— RBe (@RBPundit) May 29, 2012
— Matthew Hurtt (@matthewhurtt) May 29, 2012
— Dr. Chris T Pernell (@DrChrisMD) May 29, 2012
Cory Booker comms director quits, Booker's office says "has nothing to do with Meet the Press": http://t.co/LP0Io8TX hahahaha O! My sides!
— Jason Lefkowitz (@jalefkowit) May 29, 2012
— Curtis (@TeachKevinTeach) May 29, 2012
Cory Booker fired his communications director? The same one that helped make a Newark mayor a national figure?
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) May 29, 2012
That doesn’t matter! CrimeThink trumps all. Dare to disagree withe The One? Someone has to be the fall guy. This time, a fall woman. War on women much, Democrats?