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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lonegan On Booker’s ‘Weird’ Response To Gay Rumors: ‘Personally, I Like Being A Guy’

Steve Lonegan, the Republican candidate in New Jersey’s upcoming special election for U.S. Senate, thinks that it’s “weird” that his Democratic opponent Cory Booker doesn’t mind rumors about his sexuality.

In a Washington Post profile published Tuesday, Booker explained why he isn’t bothered by people calling him gay.

“And people who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia,” Booker said. “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.'”

This answer apparently bothered Lonegan, who responded thusly in an interview with Newsmax on Tuesday evening:

“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,” Lonegan said.

He also told Steve Malzberg: “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.”

Lonegan also speculated that “maybe it helps get him the gay vote by acting ambiguous.”

Lonegan’s implication that Booker is gay — and therefore not a real “guy” — may not bother the Newark mayor, but New Jersey voters may not be as forgiving. According to a recent poll, they favor same-sex marriage by a 60 to 31 percent margin.

The statement marks the latest in a series of controversies for Lonegan, the Tea Party-backed former mayor of Bogota, New Jersey. Over the past month Lonegan has dealt with the fallout from a racially inflammatory tweet, appearing on the radio show of anti-gay hate group leader Bryan Fischer, and declaring that Hurricane Sandy aid was “over the top.

Polls suggest that Booker is the overwhelming favorite in the October 16 special election.

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  • Lynda Groom

    Is Lonegan looking for a hook-up? There is on logical reason to care one way or the other on his opponents preference.

  • Dominick Vila

    I can’t believe there are still people out there who consider homosexuality a reason to disqualify someone from voting. Insinuations like the one made by Lonegan should be reason enough to disqualify him rather than his intended target.

    • plc97477

      If not disqualify him at least keep voters from voting for him.

  • Sand_Cat

    Lonegan may not be gay, but he certainly is an ass.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      The last GOP senator from NJ was the respected and honorable Clifford Case. But 40 years ago the predecessors of the tea-party egged on by the inimitable screw-up William F. Buckley, engineered his primary defeat by the Lonegan of his time, an ultra-conservative nutcase named Jeffrey Bell (who incidentally now, 40 years later, like Lonegan, is raving about the menace of the gays.) The result was the end of any further Republican victories. But you see, even in NJ, just as here in NY, the fanatics and knuckle-draggers. have de facto control of the Republican Party and they will keep nominating wacko bigots like Lonegan, Paladino in NJ, O’Donnell in Del., etc. To which I say: TERRIFIC. KEEP IT UP YOU STUPID RIGHT WING NUTCASES!!! You are a Godsend to us Democrats. Why don’t you import Sarah the Idiot into NJ to campaign for Lonegan the Schmuck–she’ll really help him!

  • Robert Haugh

    “Methinks he doth protest too much” Someone who is always putting forth their so called “manliness” quite often just have not stepped over the threshold yet.

    • RobertCHastings

      We need to ask ourselves “what kind of car does he drive”, “what tools does he like to use”, “does his house have tall chimneys?”, and what other forms of compensation is he exhibiting?

  • jointerjohn

    He will get some votes out of this, sad as that is to say, but he may be underestimating how many votes his prejudice will lose him. The world is changing and republicans are kicking and screaming all along the way.

  • stcroixcarp

    He looks like the creepy uncle that kids are warned to stay away from at family reunions!

    • Russell Byrd

      Good observation.

  • RobertCHastings

    Probably, like Navin Johnson in “The Jerk” with Steve Martin, Lonegan has found “his special purpose”. Seems a little late in life for that particular epiphany. Has he been living in a convent all these years?