U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan likes being a guy.
Or so he told Politico in an interview this morning about his opponent’s remarks about his own sexuality. Lonegan, a Republican challenging Newark Mayor Cory Booker for the seat left vacant with the death of Frank Lautenberg, called it “weird” that Booker was being “ambiguous” about his sexualtiy.
Booker Monday responded to longstanding rumors that he’s gay by saying “what does it matter?” While Booker did not admit or deny being gay he told the Washington Post he’s okay with the speculation.
“People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia,” he 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.”
Asked to respond, Lonegan chided Booker over the story, telling Politico “”It’s kind of weird. As a guy, I personally like being a guy.”
The Republican candidate then pointed to a New York Post report several months ago saying Booker enjoyed heading to New York for a late night manicure and 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, is how it was described,” Lonegan said. “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.”