In an interview with the Washington Post this week, Newark mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey, made it clear that he doesn’t really care if people thinks he’s gay. Booker’s opponent, however, cares. A lot. In an epic straight-man’s rant to the right-wing newsite Newsmax, GOP Senate nominee Steve Lonegan went out of his way to trash Booker’s interview, question his masculinity and trumpet his own “fetish” for cigars and Scotch.
After talking about what he terms Booker’s failures as a mayor, Lonergan than turned to the Post interview, and specifically the part where Booker says, “People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia.”
Lonegan first suggests that this is a campaign strategy: “Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous.”