Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, who is now running in the special election for senator of his state has been facing rumors about being gay for some time, according to a Huffington Post report on Tuesday. It was on Tuesday that Booker confronted the rumors in a Washington Post’s profile of himself.
Booker, 44, who is single and rarely – if ever – speaks about his personal life, told the Washington Post during their interview for the profile that he really isn’t effected by the gay rumors that have arisen during his years in politics.
Booker says that some part of his thinks it’s wonderful when people think he’s gay because he wants to challenge people on their homophobia. He said that when he sees someone stating that he’s gay on Twitter, he thinks “so what does it matter?” He went on to say that he hopes people aren’t voting for him because they are making the presumption that he’s straight.
Twenty-years ago, Booker wrote about subduing his own homophobia in a college newspaper opinion piece. In recent times, Booker’s spokesperson has refused to comment on his sexuality.
On Oct. 16, either Democrat Booker – to be the first African-American senator from New Jersey, if elected - or Republican Steve Lonegan will be elected to take Frank Lautenberg’s United States’ senate seat – as Lonegan passed away recently.