Booker placing staffers in Iowa: report

Booker placing staffers in Iowa: report
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Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.J.) has sent four staffers to Iowa to help Democratic candidates campaigning in the state, multiple sources told The Guardian.

The move may well be part of Booker's groundwork for a 2020 presidential run, according to the news outlet, as the senator is widely speculated to be building up for such a campaign. 

The new report comes one day after the Iowa Democratic Party announced that Booker will be headlining a gala in Iowa next month.  


Booker gained the national spotlight and some scorn last Thursday when he dared the Senate Judiciary Committee to punish him for releasing "committee confidential documents" related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, referring to himself as "Spartacus."

A spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee said later, however, that Booker's actions did not break any confidentiality rules.

"Restrictions were waived before 4:00 a.m. this morning and made ready for release," the spokesman said. 

"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to," Sen. John CornynJohn CornynBipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill Cornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? MORE (R-Texas) said during the hearing. 

Booker is one of several possible 2020 Democratic hopefuls who are traveling to states crucial to a presidential election.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion MORE (I-Vt.) have both visited Iowa, in addition to other key states.

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats face critical 72 hours The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal This week: Democrats aim to unlock Biden economic, infrastructure package MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet MORE (Calif.) are also making the rounds. Warren has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, while Harris has traveled to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.