Heads up, Barack Obama. Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker may be in the process of taking over your rep as the nation’s most popular African-American politician. Booker won a Shorty Award, which is short-form social media’s version of the Oscar, for his savvy use of Twitter (@corybooker).
He beat five other finalists Monday in the government category, including the President and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia). Awards also were given for messages on Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr.
“Newark is rising, thanks to the power of people working together,” he said during his live acceptance speech, adding that Twitter is helping to create a revolution. Mayor Booker has 1,072,745 followers.
According to the State Column, the mayor was cited for using his Twitter feed to keep Newark residents up to date on snow removal and emergency services during recent winter blizzards that shut down cities across the nation.
"I don't know/I'm probably here cause I shoveled sum snow/Truth is Nwk is finding nu solutions/& we r proud 2b a part of a twitter revolution," Booker tweeted in his acceptance speech.