Cory Booker, a Democrat senator from New Jersey, hasn’t officially announced a run for 2020 at the time of this writing. But according to at least one Democrat aide, he is already reaching out to fellow lawmakers and asking for support.
The Hill reports:
Booker tells lawmakers he is running for president and seeks their support
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday began calling members of Congress informing them he is running for president and is quietly making overtures to members for support, three congressional sources told The Hill.
“Yes, he is reaching out to members for their support,” said a former Democratic aide with direct knowledge of Booker’s intentions. “He’s going to do it during Black History Month,” which starts on Friday.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be tomorrow, I just know it’s going to be soon.”
Among those who received a call Thursday were senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), of which Booker is a member.
“He’s making calls,” a fourth source, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), confirmed to The Hill on Thursday night. “He left me a voice message. I have to call him back.”
A Booker spokesman declined to comment for this story.
Booker is joining what most people expect to be an extremely crowded field of candidates. The Democrat primary is going to be a circus, with intense competition for money and attention from the media.