Lewis W. Diuguid

Cory Booker elected as second African-American to U.S. Senate

Updated: 2013-10-19T23:27:46Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Cory Booker in a special election Wednesday became New Jersey’s first black U.S. senator.

The mayor of Newark beat Republican Steve Lonegan. The seat for years had been held by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg. But Lautenberg died in June.

Booker, 44, is only the second African American in the Senate, joining Sen. Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican. Booker is a Rhodes scholar and Yale Law School graduate.

He’s already being touted by some as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton if she enters 2016 presidential race. Booker is young, good-looking, charismatic and knows how to use social media to his political advantage.

It’s worth considering. Stay tuned.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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