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  Why voters should care about Booker’s start-up problem
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Last EditedImperator  Aug 11, 2013 05:03am
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AuthorAri Melber
News DateSunday, August 11, 2013 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIf Aaron Sorkin were to make a movie about Newark Mayor Cory Booker, you can bet that Waywire, Booker’s controversial technology start-up, would provide a cautionary tale for the mayor’s voracious ambition.

The company is an allegory for Booker’s style—audacious, well-connected and promising “revolutionary” change; yet prone to a certain vagueness and affinity for what we might call the politics of the donor class.

The New York Times renewed the spotlight on Waywire this week, questioning how a full-time mayor managed to launch an online video company, raise investments from the Oprah’s and Google’s of the world, and amass a potentially multi-million dollar stake. Booker’s opponents, in both parties, are seizing on the story to attack him, and it could persist through the general election.

There are two substantive charges here: Booker should be more transparent about the company, and the arrangement creates unavoidable conflicts of interest.
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