Five days before Wednesday's special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, Republican candidate Steve Lonegan fired his top strategist over incendiary comments the aide made about Democrat rival Cory Booker's "odd" behavior in a Twitter exchange with a Portland, Ore., stripper.
In a rambling and profanity-laced interview posted Friday by the website Talking Points Memo, longtime Lonegan adviser Rick Shaftan said Booker's messages were "like what a gay guy would say to a stripper."
"It's the way he was talking to her," Shaftan said. "It's just 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 office, you know?"