Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tricia Flanagan says that Cory Booker is pandering when he signed Taylor Swift’s petition supporting the Equality Act.
Booker sent a note to the pop star voicing his appreciation for her support of the measure. She posted it on Instagram, telling her fans to “be like Cory” – something that can’t hurt the New Jersey senator’s bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Flanagan says that “pander, pander, pander” should be Booker’s new slogan.
“This is a poorly named bill, there is nothing equal about the Equality Act, of which Senator Booker happens to be a co-sponsor, it goes entirely too far,” Flanagan said. “Frankly, the Equality Act is an assault on women’s rights.”
So far, just two Republicans have announced their intention to challenge Booker next year, if he seeks re-election to the United States Senate. Hirsh Singh is also seeking party support to run.
In 2018, Flanagan ran to the right of GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin and won 16,101 votes statewide as an independent. She finished sixth in a field of seven candidates with one-half percent of the vote.
“As a mother of three children I don’t want a biological male using the same restroom as one of my daughters, nor do I want a biological female in the locker room with my son after lacrosse practice,” said Flanagan. “I know of no other mother who wants these things.”
“From pandering to a pop star to stumping for votes with Governor Murphy despite his dismal track record on women’s rights – from the shoddy conditions the Governor forced on professional women soccer players and burying his head in the sand when faced with allegations of sexual assault of a staffer – it’s no wonder Cory Booker has no problem aggressively supporting legislation that is an assault on the rights of women,” Flanagan said. “Maybe Mr. Booker should stop pandering and while I wait for the pandering to stop, I’ll renew my call for him to end his vanity presidential campaign and come home to discuss the issues important to New Jerseyans. I’m ready when he is.”