Lautenberg: Booker Deserves ‘Spanking’ For Talk Of Senate Run

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January 22, 2013 11:11 a.m.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) on Tuesday compared Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is openly mulling a run for Lautenberg’s seat, to one of his children who deserves a “spanking” for being disrespectful, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports

“I have four children, I love each one of them. I can’t tell (you) that one of them wasn’t occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was OK,” Lautenberg said with a smile in his first public comments since Booker announced he was considering a run for Senate.

Lautenberg said Booker, who has formed an exploratory committee, is “entitled” to run. He would not say whether he would seek re-election in 2014.

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