Senator Cory Booker didn’t disappoint anyone who expected him to grandstand like ‘Spartacus’ during the Senate confirmation for D.C. Circuit Court nominee Neomi Rao. Booker was downright rude to the nominee until he was caught in a big gaffe and then slammed with a brilliant answer from Rao. Bravo to this D.C. Circuit Court nominee!
He questioned Rao on her personal religious beliefs regarding gay marriage. This is the tactic used by Democrats like Dianne Feinstein who challenged a Catholic nominee a few months ago about following the “Dogma” of the Catholic church.
Booker got personal with Rao and asked her about her views on gay relationships and homosexuality.
“Are gay relationships in your opinion immoral?”
Rao started to respond by questioning the relevance of what Booker had just asked.
Booker gave a very odd response: “I think it’s relevant to your opinion if you think African-American relationships are immoral, do you think gay relationships are immoral?”
Rao said she would put aside her personal beliefs on any of the subjects he mentioned to judge fairly, but Booker was like a dog with a bone and continued to berate Rao.
Booker kept on with his rude line of questioning: “So you’re not saying here whether you believe it is sinful for two men to be married. You’re not willing to comment on that?”
Booker was getting hot and bothered until he made a major gaffe in his questioning by assuming she had been a judge before. Oops!
Booker didn’t do his homework on the nominee because she’s not a judge: “Have you ever had an LGBTQ law clerk?”
Rao: “I have not been a judge, so I don’t have any law clerks.”
Booker then asked: “I’m sorry, someone working for you?”
Rao responds with the best answer: “Um, to be honest, I don’t know the sexual orientation of my staff,” she said. “I take people as they come, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation.”