(CNN)As Washington continues to play a game of wait and see on whether Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, will testify in Washington next week, an old-but-new-again incident involving a prominent Democratic senator — and potential 2020 challenger to Trump — has reemerged.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker wrote in the early 1990s — while a student at Stanford — about an incident on New Year’s Eve 1984 (when he was 15) in which he groped a female friend’s breast after the two of them had kissed.
“With the ‘Top Gun’ slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast,” Booker wrote of that night. “After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark.'” The point of Booker’s column was how that moment, and his work on the issue after, had changed him — and his views on women, consent and assault — forever. “It was a wake-up call,” Booker wrote in his Stanford column. “I will never be the same.”