NEWARK – As establishment Democrats continue to debate the merits of various prospective Hillary Clinton running mates and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro circulates at the top of short list owing to his Hispanic roots, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) makes a cross-over argument with nearly mint-perfect public speaking Spanish.
Various Democratic Party politicians shied away from taking an oratorical crack at the Iberian coast in their public remarks on the subject of the opening of Saint James Health Center in the Ironbound this morning, while Booker happily waded in along with U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
By contrast, Castro is not fluent in Spanish, a much-reported fact that has him scrambling now to put in place the basic building blocks necessary to communicate in the language of his ancestors.
Meanwhile, Booker slam-dunked his way trough a Spanish exercise in front of the microphone.
U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, JR (D-10) unselfishly provided the assist.
“Como esta?” the congressman deadpanned when it was his turn to speak. “That’s all I know.”
Then DiVincenzo picked up the rebound and bounced it back in Booker’s direction. “I’m just happy I followed Frank Palllone [as a speaker] because I don’t speak Spanish,” said the county executive.