Cory Booker, the Newark, N.J. mayor making a run for the late Frank Lautenberg’s seat in the U.S. Senate, reportedly exchanged a series of flirtatious tweets with a stripper.

Portland, Oregon-based stripper Lynsie Lee uploaded a screenshot of a direct message conversation that she had with Booker back in February. On Feb. 24, Lee tweeted, “@CoryBooker the west coast loves you (by west coast, I mean me) :).” In a DM, Booker replied, “and the East Coast love you and by the East Coast, I mean me.”

The following day, Lee wrote back, “Well now I’m blushing :),” to which Booker said, “It’s only fair.”

Lee and Booker first became acquainted when they both appeared in the upcoming Twitter documentary Follow Friday: The Film. Since then, in addition to the private DM, the two have corresponded publicly through the social media site.

Since BuzzFeed first brought this winter Twitter flirtation into the public eye, Lee has been bombarded with questions and comments regarding the Newark mayor. Known for her prolific Twitter page, Lee has been responding to just about everyone – from those who would criticize the single politician to those who claim she’s fame hungry.

Booker, who is just as fond of Twitter as Lee – hence his participation in Follow Friday: The Film – only mentioned the “scandal” in a single vague Tweet directed as the reporter who broke it.

Kevin Griffis, Booker’s campaign spokesperson, gave a more detailed response to BuzzFeed: “I think it’s pretty well known that the mayor talks with people from all walks of life on Twitter. There have been a couple of stories about that over the years. Really, the most shocking part of this story was learning there is a vegan strip club in Portland.”

– Chelsea Regan

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