It began shortly after 5:22pm when Talking Points Memo posted Lonegan strategist Rick Shaftan’s answer to why Lonegan seems to be gaining on Cory Booker. Shaftan tells TPM’s Hunter Walker it must be because voters think Booker’s Twitter convo with Oregon stripper Lynsie Lee was “like what a gay guy would say”. Doesn’t even occur to him somebody might talk to her like a human being. Then Shaftan says this:
“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.”
Yeah. Couple hours later, Shaftan issues a non-apology apology (since edited), followed by dozens of dumb-cluck comments from supporters who hadn’t even read what this was about.
Then, in the same hour, Lonegan tells TPM (via spokesman) he’s gonna can Shaftan: “Mr. Shaftan’s comments are not reflective of my views or that of my campaign. His comments are distasteful and offensive, and his contract as a vendor for my campaign will be terminated immediately.”
Except that it’s 100% reflective of his campaign. And of Lonegan. It’s not the first time Lonegan himself passive-aggressively implies Booker’s gay, not a real man. Not the first time mind-numbingly offensive drivel issued from his mouth. Dead bodies clogging the Passaic River in Newark.
In the debate, Lonegan complained Booker called him “Tea Party,” which as AFP’s top guy in Jersey, who cheers the government shutdown, who owes his political life to the Koch brothers, he absolutely is.
Because first you try to distance yourself from the Tea Party you so completely represent. And then you try to distance yourself from the guy who has provided your guts and your brains for years of your political life.
But that’s Lonegan’s level. In just hours, Sarah Palin arrives to campaign with Lonegan. She’s his level, too. Suck on that.