In 2015, every Democrat presidential candidate tapped into the Flint water crisis to prove how much more they cared about the Black community than Republicans. The left-wing media breathlessly followed the Democrat presidential hopefuls as they pandered to the residents of Flint, MI, a city Democrats forgot about decades ago. Flint’s Democrat mayor Karen Weaver, a Hillary Clinton cheerleader, told then-candidate Trump that he wasn’t welcome in Flint only days before his trip to the city where he planned to assess the situation and speak with Flint residents.
In May, MLive reported about how Flint’s Democrat Mayor Karen Weaver, diverted money intended to go to Flint’s clean water fund to her political campaign. According to a whistleblower in the case against Flint’s crooked Democrat mayor, Weaver asked employees to redirect charitable donors to a nonprofit fund she created shortly after taking office in 2015, an ex-city official testified during a federal whistleblower trial in Detroit.
“They got slick,” said community activist and Weaver critic Arthur Woodson, who attended Weaver’s hearing. “They were trying to steal the money.”
Now, Democrat Senator and presidential candidate Cory “Spartacus” Booker is in the hot seat for his handling of the Newark, NJ water crisis while he was acting as Newark’s mayor from 2006-2013.
Fox News reports – As thousands of residents of New Jersey’s largest city are provided with bottled water amid a contamination crisis, its former mayor – Democratic presidential contender, Sen. Cory Booker – is facing renewed backlash from critics who claim he mismanaged the city’s water commission during his time at City Hall.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged local officials last Saturday to administer free water bottles to Newark residents after nationally certified filters in two of three homes tested showed they were not removing lead from drinking water.
Officials handed out 38,000 filters last year to Newark residents who were potentially at risk of having contaminated drinking water due to outdated lead piping in the city’s water system.
Critics claim Booker, a U.S. senator who served as Newark’s mayor from 2006 to 2013, failed to exercise proper oversight of the city’s water commission, making him partially responsible for the current water crisis.
“Booker has no credibility, especially on water,” Brendan O’Flaherty, an economics professor at Columbia University who put together a 2011 report on the commission, told the Washington Times. “He did not leave a legacy of a well-functioning water treatment plant and engineering corps. He left a mess,” O’Flaherty said.
Booker shamelessy tweeted about the crisis, as he attempted to pass the crisis off on the federal government. Booker also took the opportunity to blame the “water emergency” on racism.
Newark’s water emergency demands our federal government’s immediate attention. Everyone deserves clean, safe water—it's shameful that our national crisis of lead-contaminated water disproportionately hits poor black and brown communities like my own.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 14, 2019
In February 2019, Senator Cory Booker tweeted a video that showed him addressing the Flint water crisis. The pandering Democrat presidential candidate ignored his own lead water controversy in Newark, and blasted other cities for their negligence. The former Newark mayor, who can’t help himself from turning every issue into a racial crisis, blamed the lead water issues on “zip codes,” suggesting that black people are the most effected by tainted water because no one cares about them. In reality, black communities like Flint, MI and Detroit, who are both dealing with lead in their drinking water, are represented by Democrats, who much like Corey Booker, failed to properly address their contaminated water issues.
Until 2013, Newark’s water quality was managed by Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation. As mayor, Booker was also chairman of the quasi-public agency and appointed its board members, NJToday.net reported.
In 2017, Linda Watkins Brashear, Watershed’s executive director from 2007 to 2013, was sentenced to eight years behind bars for accepting a $1 million bribe to award no-show contracts — a corrupt practice in which contractors are guaranteed payment for work that will never be completed.
Booker had appointed Brashear to her position. Though Booker was never implicated in the scandal, a 2011 report by the comptroller’s office found he did not exercise proper oversight over the commission to ward off corruption. For instance, Booker never attended a board meeting and failed to name a proxy to attend on his behalf.
On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced that about 14,000 households were eligible to pick up free water bottles from four locations until further sampling can be conducted to ensure residents are not at risk of lead exposure, NJ.com reported.