Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising political star in the Democratic party and surrogate for President Obama's re-election campaign, made headlines by criticizing the president's re-election team on Sunday for its negative ads.
Not typically what you want from guys on your own side.
The ads focusing on likely opponent Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital drew the ire of Booker, who called such a line of attack "nauseating."
Booker, who you may remember from saving his neighbor from a house fire this year, went on to clarify and reiterate his support for Obama.
Nevertheless, Booker's remarks illustrate the careful line the Obama team must walk as it tries to define Romney as a corporate raider out of touch with the middle class, yet not appearing to criticize the private equity industry overall.
Republicans, starting Sunday, pounced on Booker's remarks, while the Obama camp tried to tailor Booker's remarks to defend its ongoing attacks.
On NBC's Meet the Press, Booker said the negative ads in the campaign are "nauseating to me on both sides. It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough."
"Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright."The mayor was referring to the multi-pronged campaign the Obama camp launched last week, attacking Romney's record as the head of Bain Capital.
Their message: The private equity firm Romney founded qualifies him to be a heartless corporate titan and job destroyer, not an economic steward.
The Obama team just released the second ad in its anti-Bain campaign, attacking Romney and Bain for laying off workers at an Indiana office supply factory.
Booker seemingly equated the Obama attacks with a proposed ad campaign that would have hit Obama for his ties to controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Republicans, including Mitt Romney himself, quickly denounced the proposed ad campaign after it was revealed in a New York Times reports.