Suddenly the big question in the U.S. Senate campaign is whether or not Newark Mayor and Democratic candidate Cory Booker is gay.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (John Moore/Getty Images)

In a profile that appeared in the Washington Post on Monday, Newark Mayor Cory Booker was asked about the persistent rumor that he is gay. "People who think I'm gay, some part of me thinks it's wonderful," Booker told the interviewer, "because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I'm gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it.'"

If it doesn’t matter, than simply answer the question so that we can move on with the issues of the U.S Senate race.  In fact, When asked about the interview by The Star-Ledger , Booker said it was his plan to stick to the major issues in his race against former Mayor Steve Lonegan of Bogota, a Republican, and that sexual preference should not be an issue when voters go to the polls on Oct. 16.

It seems to me like no one is making it an issue except Booker. When you’re running for office, people want to know as much as they can about their candidate personal lives. Booker has given us so much of his, why not this?  Sometimes it’s the personal lives that get you the vote

Where I don’t think it would be a problem at all if Booker were gay, I think the bigger problem is not to admit it one way or the other. If you’re gay, how would you feel if he were and didn’t want to come right out with it? Would you want to vote for a candidate that doesn’t want to answer such a simple question?

The one thing you want from your candidate is answers to direct questions. I like Cory Booker. I think he’s a good guy. I think this question of his sexuality is already becoming a distraction in the race for US Senate. If he really wants to focus on the issues, then answer the question and let’s move on.

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