Booker communications director steps down

The communications director for Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker said Tuesday that she is stepping down, just over a week after her boss put the Obama campaign in an uncomfortable position with his comments on 'Meet the Press.'

The communications director for Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker said Tuesday that she is stepping down, just over a week after her boss put the Obama campaign in an uncomfortable position with his comments on Meet the Press.

Newark city hall communications director Anne Torres told The Star-Ledger of Newark that “we have very different views on how communications should be run.” The newspaper noted that Torres' “role is confined to city business,” so she would not have been an architect of Booker's May 20 appearance on Meet the Press. Booker's chief of staff also told the paper that the resignation had “nothing to do with Meet the Press.”

However, anonymous sources told the PolitickerNJ.com website that “her resignation comes amid internal administrative strive in the aftermath of Booker's appearance on Meet the Press.

On the Sunday morning talk show, Booker said the Obama campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney's work at Bain Capital were “nauseating,” a statement he walked back last week. The comment was seized upon by Republicans, who used it in campaign ads, but the Obama campaign defended its message on Bain.

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