Newark Mayor and Senate hopeful Cory Booker says it doesn’t matter whether he’s gay, so he’s not going to answer the question. The Democrat said when asked about the persistent rumors swirling around his sexual orientation that he’s not going to feed the fire.
“People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful, because I want to challenge people on their homophobia,” Booker told the Post. “I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it.”
Those comments seems to have left Republican Steve Lonegan, who is hoping to beat Booker in this fall’s special election, a little uncomfortable. Here was Lonegan’s cringe-worthy response when asked to comment:
“It’s kind of weird. As a guy, I personally like being a guy. I don’t know if you saw the stories last year. They’ve been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.”
After saying that he “couldn’t say” whether Booker was “acting ambiguous” to win over gay voters, Lonegan made it pretty clear what type of voter he was trying to attract. “I don’t like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of the day, for a manicure and pedicure. It was described as his peculiar fetish. I have a more peculiar fetish. I like a good Scotch and a cigar. That’s my fetish but we’ll just compare the two.”
When asked Tuesday about his statement on the matter, Booker maintained he wanted to stick to the key issues of his campaign against former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, and his sexual orientation isn’t one of them.
“I don’t intend to answer,” he said. “It should not matter. That was my point. We need to understand that race, religion, sexual orientation, all of these things are not germane to a person’s ability to lead the state of New Jersey.”
Lonegan: “It’s Weird Cory Booker Won’t Say If He’s Gay; I Personally Like Being A Guy”
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