Lee said she resents any implication that she deliberately leaked the conversation for fame or money. She said a jokey, catty feud among the girls in the documentary — all of whom, she said, had a crush on Booker — led her to post the image.
She also had fun with her newfound political notoriety.
“If you come to see me at @CasaDiablo tonight, bring your wallets. I’m prime meat for the next couple of days! ;)” she tweeted Thursday.
A vegan strip club run by a long-haired guy who calls himself Johnny Diablo sounds like something out of the sketch comedy show “Portlandia,” which had a cast member document his trip to the establishment earlier this year. But it’s real, tucked into an isolated industrial corner of Portland.
It has a large, reasonably priced menu of vegan food, including $4 homemade taquitos and drunk bread, which is described as “Whatever bread we have toasted into Garlic Bread because you’re drunk & need cheap food.”
A printed sign asks dancers not to wear fur, feathers, silk, wool or leather on stage. “Thank you — The Animals,” it reads, and reminds employees to park in the lower lot.
Booker is a vegetarian, though not vegan. Lee said she’s also not vegan.
Booker Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, called the tweets another distraction in a “rather bizarre campaign of a cult personality,” complaining that the issues have taken a back seat to Booker’s celebrity and use of social media.
Booker joked that the fascination had to do with more than a strip club.
“I really think it’s because the press corps is obsessed with vegan living,” he said.