Just days after Cory Booker voiced his opposition to/support for President Obama's political ads tying Mitt Romney to Bain Capital, the Newark mayor's communications director is stepping down. Anne Torres told the Newark Star Ledger: “I just decided it is best if I pursued other opportunities. We have very different views on how communications should be run.”
Could this have something to do with Booker's quick flip-flop last week? The Washington Post wonders:
While we have argued... that the “nauseating” episode is good for Booker’s long term political prospects, it’s clear that the controversy badly roiled his office, creating tensions about the best [w]ay to move beyond it.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Torres has been with Booker since his early days as mayor. She worked as an executive assistant in the communications shop from 2006 to 2007. She then served as chief of staff for the communications operation from August 2007 until she was named communications director in September 2010.
Here's my completely unsubstantiated guess: Booker got some pressure handed down from party loyalists in Washington -- possibly including President Obama's White House and/or campaign -- and was forced to change his stance. Perhaps Torres has professional standards and no longer enjoys working for someone who would bow to such political pressure.
This is pure conjecture, of course...