TODAY   |  October 18, 2013

Awkward! Politician brushes off wife during speech

After he lost a special Senate election to Democrat Cory Booker, New Jersey Republican Steve Lonegan gave a concession speech during which he brushed off his wife as she tried to console him. TODAY’s Willie Geist reports.

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>> willie geist is over in the orange room this morning. he is in there while carson continues on assignment so to speak. good to see you.

>> good morning, guys. maria. good to see you. come in any time. we have coffee, pastries, chardonay left by kathie lee . whatever you want . a concession speech was given tuesday night by steven lonigan. it's the relationship with his wife during the speech you want to pay attention to here.

>> i have spent the last 20 years of my life in politics serving the people of new jersey the way i thought i best could.

>> just brushing that dirt off the shoulder. that's his wife of 32 years trying to console him a little bit. not in the mood for consolation. brushing his wife's hand off his shoulder. he said afterward i love my wife. it was a tough moment. now, if we're being honest with each other, the top story on is booty call , kim kardashian selfie but the kids are still home so we'll let you go to to look that one up yourself.

>> nice tease.

>>> we appreciate that.

>> all right willie, thank you