The 44-year-old Newark Mayor, Cory Booker, has caused his opponent to wonder if he’s abandoned his campaign to play the dating game. It seems Booker is giving online dating a new twist by sharing flirtatious tweets with a stripper named Lynsie Lee. Lee told the Senate hopeful that she’s taking first dibs on becoming First Lady. She works at Casa Diablo which claims to be “the world’s first vegan strip club” located in Portland, Oregon.
People are comparing Booker to the likes of Anthony Weiner and T-Pain even though his tweets couldn’t hold a candle to theirs. However, according to the tweets revealed by Buzzfeed this week Booker seems really close to the stripper who very clearly stated that if he’s POTUS she wants to be First Lady.
The Newark bachelor is up and coming in the Democratic Party. He has well known celebrity support for his Senate campaign including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. There has even been talk about a possible presidential campaign in the future.
Lee tweeted Booker to say the West Coast loves Him and he responded via direct message that the East Coast loves her; then clarified the statement by saying East Coast means me.
Lee gave a screenshot of the twitter conversation to BuzzFeed, who made it public on Wednesday. Lee said she didn’t do it for money or fame but as a result of a playful feud with fellow participants of a twitter documentary which also included Booker. She said all of these women have a crush on the Mayor.
Booker brushed off the conversation with Lee stating that he talks with thousands of people on Twitter. He said he is no respect of person and it doesn’t matter what their profession is. The Newark Mayor said it’s all about being kind to people and he has no plans to change.
This exchange is typical of Booker’s engagement on Twitter. Booker is always on twitter and it’s quite common to see him at public events tweeting away. He has about 1.4 million followers and constantly communicates with them whether by quotes, shout outs to volunteers or informational updates.
According to Lee, compared with other messages she receives, on a scale of one to ten, this “G-rated flirting” fell at the bottom of the scale as a number one. She said she flirted with him publicly just as she does with many others. Lee confirmed that she had never communicated with the Mayor outside of Twitter and there was nothing X-rated or secretive about it.
Booker dismissed the whole allegation saying that he feels this has more to do with the fascination of a vegan strip club than his Twitter communications. Even though Booker is a professed vegetarian, neither of them claims vegan status.
Casa Diablo is a known vegan strip joint run by a guy who calls himself Johnny Diablo. The club is located in an isolated industrial area on Portland. The club has a vast but reasonably priced menu of vegan food.
The owner doesn’t allow his dancers to wear anything relative to animals on stage: leather, fur, feathers, silk or wool are not allowed on his stage.
Steve Lonegan, Booker’s Republican opponent, said that this is just another distraction of Booker’s celebrity status and over use of social media to take the attention off of the issues at hand.
Even though Booker insists that this was trivial tweeting it has still caused concern to some who are wondering if the Senate hopeful has abandoned the campaign to play the dating game with a known stripper from Portland.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)