Sen. Cory Booker Has a Girlfriend. Now Can We Stop Talking About His Dating Life?

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has a girlfriend.

Also, Sen. Cory Booker is not gay.

We know this because Sen. Cory Booker has mentioned both several times and not because he wanted to address the issue of his sexuality or who he’s dating; it just keeps coming up.

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Over and over again.

“I’m heterosexual,” Booker said in a December interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, because of rumors that Booker, an unmarried man with a powerful position in Congress, must be gay.

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Booker added: “Every candidate should run on their authentic self, tell their truth, and more importantly, or mostly importantly, talk about their vision for the country.”

But America doesn’t want to hear about this, they just want to know if the rumors that Booker is reportedly dating actress Rosario Dawson are true. Hell, the Washington Examiner has already posited what a great first lady she’d make and Booker just declared that he’s running for president last week!

During an interview Tuesday with Power 105.1's nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club, Booker again had to talk about his love life because that’s where we are as a country. We don’t care about his public policy or his voting record or how hard he went during Brett “I Like Beer! I Still Like Beer!” Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.

Nope, everyone wants to talk about Booker’s love life.

“First of all, there’s two more years until I might fulfill this duty. So give me some time. My girlfriend’s probably listening to this,” Booker said when talking about his being a bachelor.

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“You don’t want to marry somebody now,” Charlamagne Tha God quipped back. “Once you start getting hot, you might become president. She might just want you for that.”

“Before I’m declared president, I’m dating somebody that’s really special to me,” Booker said, The Hill reports.

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“Oh, so Cory Booker’s got a boo?” the radio host asked.

“I got a boo,” Booker, 49, said with a chuckle.

So there you have it, Booker’s got a boo. But we really have to get past this notion of involving ourselves inside a politician’s private life. Dating is the right of the unmarried. It’s an earned and inherent Constitutional right. I think it’s the amendment that is right after “thou shalt not worry about how another man or woman spends their nights.”

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And all of this has to do with the Obamas, and I totally get it. The Obamas were black America’s first royal family, and because they were both so stunningly amazing and personable and effortlessly cool and unapologetically black, we want that again, but that will never happen again. Never. Life doesn’t work like that. Black lighting doesn’t strike twice.

Unless Jay or Beyoncé run for office, I don’t see it happening.

But that didn’t stop the hosts of The Breakfast Club from wondering aloud whether this mystery woman would make a good first lady. To which Booker replied, “Yes, she would.”

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The host did entertain the idea that a candidate’s personal life shouldn’t factor into how they might govern. Co-host Angela Yee said, “It didn’t affect Donald Trump and the terrible things he’s done in his personal life, and he still managed to be president.”

“I was about to say,” Booker interjected. “I think that if Donald Trump can get elected president at this point with the personal life that he has, then anybody [can],” The Hill reports.

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Even Booker had to note that talking about his relationship made him a little bit uncomfortable.

“What have we gotten myself into right now?” he exclaimed. “[Of] all the issues we talked about, this is the most uncomfortable part of this interview.”

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And it should be because it’s none of our business. Unless he’s dating Rihanna because I think she’d make a fabulous first lady.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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So there you have it, Booker’s got a boo. But we really have to get past this notion of involving ourselves inside a politician’s private life. Dating is the right of the unmarried. It’s an earned and inherent Constitutional right. I think it’s the amendment that is right after “thou shalt not worry about how another man or woman spends their nights.”

I’m with you on the not casting aspersions on people for not being married part, but the personal lives of any Presidential candidate or any serious contender for a major party’s nomination matter. They’re campaigning to lead 330 million people. They can tell us about who they’re with.

Pointing out Donald Trump’s many personal foibles as some sort of evidence that it doesn’t matter is ... kind of lame? We absolutely 100% positively can and should hold Donald Trump’s atrocious personal behavior against him, and it absolutely serves as a solid chunk of the evidence of his unfitness for office and also circumstantially that it’s completely and totally believable he would lie about doing awful things.

And pointing to the fact that his followers were willing to overlook his appalling personal behavior is whataboutism of the highest order, because the fact that groups like evangelicals were willing to overlook his raw-sewage like immorality because they want control of the SCOTUS is absolutely a mark against them as well.

We deserve to know about things like John Edwards’ love child. A man willing to do something like that and who attempts to hide it from his wife is capable of a truly monstrous degree of deception and we would have been fuckwits to trust him with the leadership of our country. Not to mention the fact that this puts him at risk of being blackmailed. That’s another one of the big marks against Trump, at least in my book. His willingness to go along with Putin might be born out of the fact that Putin has something over him.

This person’s going to be the President. Now I’m all about us not needing to know how regular they are or whether they prefer to get it missionary style or to be pegged by a furry while wearing a latex mask and a chastity cage, but it’s totally fine to ask about his dating life to know who he’s dating.