Newark Mayor Cory Booker sure had a rough week last week and even though he has plenty of good to show for it, his controversial Meet the Press appearance caused enough strife in his own office that his communications director quit on Tuesday. At least, internal strife is what PolitickerNJ's Max Pizarro credited as leading to Anne Torres' departure, but as of yet there's little information.
In the week after Booker said that attacks on Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital were "nauseating," Torres defended Booker's closeness with Wall Street and private equity. On May 23, she spoke with the New Jersey Star-Ledger for a story about the Wall Street donations that had been pouring in since his appearance:
"Newark has been the beneficiary of tremendous philanthropy from all over the region and beyond, including the financial industry," Torres said. "This philanthropy has fueled initiatives all around the city including prisoner reentry programs, the city’s largest park expansion in decades, affordable housing, and investments in public safety technology."
But Booker wound up characterizing his own statement as a mistake. Politico's Dylan Byers notes that on May 24 Booker tweeted about his appearance on Meet the Press: "Sorry I make u sick. And sorry I made a mistake. I'm sorry that 15 seconds on MTP erodes my 20 yrs of work in inner cities around our nation." Torres is expected to issue a statement about her departure later on Tuesday.
Update (1:11 p.m. EDT): Torres tweets of her departure: "The rumors are ridiculous..it's not about MTP..come on folks."
Update (12:22 p.m. EDT): Booker's office issued this statement about Torres' departure, via Politico:
Effective today, I am resigning from my position as Communications Director. It has been a pleasure to serve in this Administration for six years, and as a Newarker, there is no greater reward than to work for the city that you love. I’ve had the opportunity to work with an amazing team, and wish the Mayor the best.
Correction: An earlier version of this story reported Booker had appeared on 60 Minutes. It was actually Meet the Press.