A celebrity leader, used to go the popular thinking, could get the most for voters. Now, there might be a paradigm shift. The aura of celebrity could be the kiss of death for a candidate. At least eventually.
In POLITICO, Maggie Haberman reports that celebrity candidate for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey Cory Booker is vulnerable. Sure, he might win the current race to fill the seat of a dead senator. But the polls show that his Republic opponent Steve Lonegan is eating into Booker's lead. When the campaign starts for a full term, Booker might have to dim his celebrity wattage if he wants to win.
What's going on? A sophisticated public might understand that the dynamics of celebrityhood could distract a leader from covering all bases representing constituencies. The naked question is: Does the job of being a celebrity interfere with the duty of representing the people?