Frank Lautenberg Compares Cory Booker To A Child Who Needs A Spanking

It’s seventeen months until any potential primary in the race for Frank Lautenberg’s New Jersey Senate seat, but the soon-to-be 90 year old Senator is already striking out against is would-be opponent:

In his first public comments on Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s decision to run for his seat, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) suggested his potential primary rival was like a misbehaving child.

“I have four children, I love each one of them. I can’t tell [you] that one of them wasn’t occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was okay,” Lautenberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer.Aides and allies of Lautenberg have criticized Booker for launching a campaign without waiting for the senator to decide whether or not to run again. Polling finds Booker in a strong position in a Democratic primary.


“He’ll have to stand on his record and I’m sure he won’t be a lone soldier out there drooling at the mouth and wanting this cushy job that we have here,” the senator said.

Something tells me that this is not going to go over well at all.

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  1. Tillman says:

    The comparison is awful (and nonsensical philosophically), but Booker’s ambition is shining through right now.

    It just had to be a ninety-year-old white guy putting down a black guy half his age, though. Any writer who put something like that in a television script would be fired for his lack of creativity.

  2. Tillman,

    There’s no question that Booker is being ambitious, but that’s the definition of “politician” isn’t it?

  3. wr says:

    And why shouldn’t he be ambitious? There’s no rule that says you can’t primary a sitting official. And the voters don’t belong to Lautenberg.

  4. michael reynolds says:

    Jeez, why would Lautenberg do this to himself? It’s just going to be humiliating.

  5. rudderpedals says:

    Let’s trade. My Rubio for your Lautenberg.

  6. stonetools says:

    Isn’t there some kind of sinecure out there that Senator Lautenberg can shuffle off to? Indeed, why not just retire?
    To be honest, I just don’t think 90 year old people should be in government any longer. Frankly, I think the ceiling should be 75. There comes a time when there’s a need for new blood.

  7. grumpy realist says:

    Gramps, you’re drooling.

  8. bill says:

    he must be a racist!

  9. Erik Berls says:

    Considering the bill Lautenberg just co-sponsored, he might not be intending to run for re-election.

  10. Andre Kenji says:

    @stonetools: In Brazil there is mandatory retirement for Supreme Court judges at age 70, in many states there is also mandatory retirement for career public workers. I think that should be extended to everybody, including elective office.

  11. Franklin says:

    He appears to have managed to say that without using the word ‘boy’, so, uh, that’s a plus.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says: