Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker's Tweets to Portland stripper Lynsie Lee are being interpreted as being flirtatious and raunchy. Lee also posted a screen shot of direct messages that she and Mayor Booker exchanged with each other. On Thursday, The New York Times reported that the messages consisted of three incomplete sentences. "the East Coast loves you, and by East Coast, I mean me," wrote Mayor Booker. Lee replied innocently by letting Mayor Booker know that he made her blush. Lee also responded to a Tweet from Mayor Booker, by writing that she called dibs "on first lady," when he announced on Twitter that he would be the president of the N.J. Star Trek club.
Next to President Barack Obama's web 2.0 presidential campaign in 2008, Mayor Booker is also no stranger on social media platforms. The Latinos Post reports that Mayor Booker uses his Twitter account to stay in contact with his 1.4 million followers. He uses Twitter to share information on events that he is attending, quotes from speeches he has given and pictures of football games he attends. Along with Pres. Obama, Mayor Booker has revolutionized how politicians communicate with their constituents in a constantly evolving technological world.
Mayor Booker is currently in a senatorial race against Republican Steve Lonegan, to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg. A special election will take place on October 16. Stockton Polling Institute released data showing that Mayor Booker has a 26 percent lead over Lonegan. With a lot of time left until the election, it does seem that Mayor Booker will win with a landslide.
Mayor Bookers' senatorial campaign spokesperson, Kevin Griffis, responded to the Twitter controversy nonchalantly by stating that "The mayor talks with people from all walks of life on Twitter." Griffis said that the most important part of this story is that Lee works in the first vegan strip club.