New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R) criticized Cory Booker for suggesting that he does not mind if people consider him gay, telling a conservative website on Monday that the Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for senate is “weird” and may be posturing to appeal to “the gay vote.”
“As a guy, I personally like being a guy,” Lonegan, who is the former New Jersey head for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg. “I don’t know if you saw the stories last year, they’ve been out quite a bit, about how he likes to go out at three-o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.”
“Maybe that helps him get the gay vote, by acting ambiguous,” he continued. “Although I don’t like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of day, for manicures and pedicures. It was described as his peculiar fetish, is how it was described. 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.” Watch it:
Loegan’s comments came in response to Booker addressing rumors that he is gay in the Washington Post. “So what does it matter if I am [gay],” he asked, “So be it.” “I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.’”
While the mayor is a vocal proponent of marriage equality and LGBT rights, Lonegan’s campaign website claims that marriage is “a union between one man and one woman” and says that the candidate “opposes the federal government forcing gay marriage on states.” Lonegan has also warned of “an all-out assault on the sanctity of marriage and the family in this country.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), widely viewed as a potential 2016 presidential contender, endorsed Lonegan last week and promised to stump for him in the days leading up to the special election in October.
Booker responds to Lonegan via Buzz Feed reporter Ruby Cramer: “It’s just disheartening to hear somebody in this day and age..implicate that gay men are not men…That kind of callous bigoted disrespect to gays and lesbians shouldn’t be tolerated…he really misses the boat.”