Steve Lonegan Campaign Sends Out Racially-Charged Tweet, Reports Say

Twitter message was quickly yanked at Lonegan's request, a staffer said.

The campaign for Steve Lonegan, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, sent out a racially charged tweet during the Democratic debate on Thursday.
The campaign for Steve Lonegan, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, sent out a racially charged tweet during the Democratic debate on Thursday.

The campaign for Republican candidate for U.S. Senate sent out a racially-charged message on Twitter during Thursday’s Democratic Senate candidate debate, according to published reports.

The quickly deleted tweet originated from the @LoneganforNJ account -- the campaign staff account for GOP frontrunner Steve Lonegan, according to Politico.

Lonegan tweeted at the beginning of the Democratic primary debate for people to monitor the staff Twitter feed.

The tweet read: "#breaking just leaked - Cory Booker’s foreign policy debate prep notes,” and below it was a map of heavily African-American Newark. Scrawled over the map in different places was, “West Africa, Guyana, Portugal, Brazil."

Another annotation, pointing to Newark, read, "Middle East," followed by "Afghanistan, Pakistan, plus Bangladesh and Trinidad," according to the Politico report.

The Booker campaign shot back at Lonegan, calling him "misguided" and saying no one should be surprised.

"The Lonegan campaign’s tweet is inappropriate, offensive and fundamentally out of step with New Jersey values," Addisu Demissie, Booker campaign manager said. "It’s also not surprising. This is the same misguided person who was offended by an advertisement simply because it was in Spanish. We need leaders who will lift up our communities, not tear them down – leaders like Cory Booker."

Thomas Roberts, a spokesman for Lonegan opponent Alieta Eck, insinuated that racism might be behind Lonegan's refusal to debate Eck at an event sponsored by the NAACP in a tweet:

"So maybe now it's finally becoming clear why @lonegan refused to meet with the NAACP on Tuesday?" the tweet says.

Rick Shaftan, a Lonegan advisor, said the insinuation was wrong. Lonegan, he said, simply does not debate in front of "liberal'' groups like the NAACP.

Shaftan also said no apology would be issued for the tweet. 

"The candidate said take it down and it was taken down,'' Shaftan said. "This was a staffer who had a weird sense of humor but no one thought it was funny and it was taken down. It won't happen again, I can tell you that.''

CC August 12, 2013 at 07:13 AM
I agree Ed, the handouts have to stop! If someone has children and is already receiving OUR/Government money, they should not be able to continue to receive OUR money for additional children they have. Plain and simple. I feel we should pay to tie their tubes. If they decline (for religious or ANY other reason) they will then waive that additional money from US! There is NO incentive for people to STOP having children they cannot afford. There are just toooo many unresponsible people in this country for this practice to continue. I know it's not "politically correct" but, it's a no brainer! We need to stop the gravy train. Unemployment is really 14% so, more than ever we need to help the middle class! As for the democrats I speak with, and ask questions to - I personally am SO sick of them DEFLECTING to what happened years ago in order to still cover for a president who has not helped this country yet....now in his second term.
g August 12, 2013 at 09:38 AM
John Santaella, You say you are a Christian but you support abortion, democrat platform...... .....Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.” How can the “Dream” survive if we murder the children?....... Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate Each year, almost a half a million black babies are lost to abortion. I guess this is the way the democrat party helps the poor. .....Good job.
John Santaella August 12, 2013 at 09:59 AM
@g, where did I ever say I was Christian? You sir, are nothing but a troll.
g August 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM
JOHN SANTAELLA, I'm sorry . I meant to write Anthony DeStefano................. I made an error but it does not compare to the error the democrats made when they voted for Obama.......... When will those trolls apologize.
CC August 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Hold on....I suggested a good idea is....IF a mom is already on Welfare or any other government funded program (paid for by taxpayers), and she gets pregnant AGAIN - she surely can do whatever she wants. HOWEVER, if she chooses to keep the pregnancy, SHE PAYS FOR IT!!! Plain and simple. She can then have as many children as she wants - as long as SHE pays for them! You call it what you want. I call it stopping the gravy train that our president has run this country out of control with. And, don't give me the history lesson again to DEFLECT AGAIN what IS happening. People are grasping at straws when trying to defend Obama. Like his healthcare plan, it just IS NOT WORKING. Wait till all the young adults who thought it was "cool" to vote for him gets hit with the penalty for not having health insurance;) Perhaps that will teach them not to just listen to these musicians and celebs.


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