|Lonegan, Palin at New Egypt Speedway rally.|
Photo via New Jersey Watchdog
While mayor of Bogota, N.J. (pop. 8261), Lonegan got national attention when he tried to get English made the town's official language. He also baited Cory Booker, directly and indirectly, during the campaign:
”I don’t like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of the day, for a manicure and pedicure. It was described as his peculiar fetish . . .I have a more peculiar fetish. I like a good Scotch and a cigar. That’s my fetish but we’ll just compare the two.”Booker, 44, is the son of IBM's first two black executives and the former mayor of New Jersey's largest city, Newark. He will have to stand for reelection next November to keep his seat after yesterday's special election.
|Lonegan, with wife, during concession speech|
Shortly thereafter, a photo emerged of the words "Leader not Tweeter," written on one of Palin's hands.
Palin, cynically twisting the opening words of a Buffalo Springfield song, said: "Something big is happening here. And it’s exactly clear — it’s called momentum."
Lonegan lost by 11 points.