Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) on Tuesday reacted to Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s (D) comments about people thinking the Democrat is gay. In a Washington Post profile, Booker said: “And people who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. 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. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.’”
Lonegan’s response: “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. … 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.”
More Lonegan: “Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous.” (Newsmax)
In a Wednesday New York Times profile, Lonegan admitted: “I don’t have a filter, that’s my problem.”
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck headline a group of Hollywood power players hosting a fundraiser for Booker in Los Angeles next month. (Hollywood Reporter)
Lonegan, on Booker’s celebrity: “What does that do for the country? There’s no substance here at all. It’s all, like, glitz.” (New York Times)
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