The Atlantic Wire was deeply disappointed with BuzzFeed's blockbuster report about the time Cory Booker sent direct messages to a stripper on Twitter, because while there were a whole lot of nipples in the article, there weren't any truly incriminating DMs. An aide to Booker's opponent, Steve Lonegan, was also disappointed, but for a different reason: he thinks Booker's DMs were "like what a gay guy would say." Booker and Longean are running for Senate in New Jersey, and Booker, the Democrat, is leading polls by 12 percentage points. But his Republican opponent has gained among independent voters recently, and Lonegan's aide attributes that to Booker's "odd" behavior, including those DMs (pictured at right).
Rick Shaftan, a senior strategist for Lonegan, explained his Twitter theory to Talking Points Memo's Hunter Walker. Walker seems to have a particular talent for getting campaign staffers to reveal their true, weird, potty-mouthed selves, as he also got Anthony Weiner's press secretary to explain, in detail, all the ways in which she thought a former Weiner intern was a "slutbag." Shaftan explains how a true hetero Senate candidate would tweet at a stripper:
"It was just weird. I mean, to me, you know, hey, if he said, 'Hey, you got really hot breasts man, I'd love to suck on them.' Then like, yeah, cool. But like, he didn't say that...
It was like kind of like, I don't know, it was like what a gay guy would say to a stripper. It's the way he was talking to her. It's just like like there was no sexual interest at all. I don't know. To me, if I was single and you know like some stripper was tweeting me, I might take advantage of the perks of the office, you know?"
Well Rick, that's why you are not the candidate for higher office. You are the guy in the background, or the back room, who is supposed to keep his mouth shut.
Read the rest of the fascinating interview at Talking Points Memo.