Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Cory Booker says it’s “wonderful” some people think he’s gay. The Newark, New Jersey mayor and social media mogul with nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers says he wants to challenge people’s homophobia, and he even seems willing to lose a few votes to do it.
“It is to his ‘great dismay,’” the Washington Post reports him saying, that “I have not settled down with a life partner.”
“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.’ ”
He tells a story about how, early in his tenure as mayor, as murders continued to mount, he ran bawling past the places where Newarkers had been shot. He called a pastor friend and told him how broken he felt. At the end of the conversation, Booker expected some spiritual advice.
“You need to get married,” the pastor said.
After that, Booker says, he started dating more — although, he clarifies, not with Arianna Huffington, with whom he was rumored to have been involved. But he has kept that part of his life private because he says he needs some sacred spaces.
“Because how unfair is it to a young lady to put them in the spotlight if they haven’t signed up for that yet?” he says.
The Post describes Booker as “a husky vegetarian who would be the only black Democrat in the Senate” and a “44-year-old [who] seems to have been engineered in a political lab to walk the halls of Congress.”
Last week, President Barack Obama officially endorsed Booker for the U.S. Senate, “praising Booker’s work for the underprivileged and his ability to bring people together to create progress,” a press release on the candidate’s website notes.
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