Despite the fact that Lady Gaga was born and raised in Manhattan (here’s a horrible review of her dad’s new Upper West Side Italian restaurant), she hasn’t really gotten involved in local politics–but that all changed this week.

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro received more than his usual share of media attention after using a launch event for his newest substance abuse prevention program to call Gaga a “slut” who is “influencing many, many children”–all because she was photographed mock-smoking a joint onstage at a concert in Amsterdam last week before joking, “For those of you wondering if I’m high right now, I am not.”

We’re a little concerned about Molinaro’s grasp of popular slang (or lack thereof). And we have a feeling his remarks weren’t a planned part of his new PR initiative.

Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President and mayoral candidate, saw an opportunity to worm his way into what we will call “Slut-gate”, leaping to Gaga’s defense by calling her “a social justice activist and a real leader for marriage equality in this country” in an interview with the New York Daily News.

She quickly returned the favor today by tweeting her thanks to Stringer—and her 30 million other followers. We’re not sure if this incident will improve Scott Stringer’s chances in the mayoral race, but we’re fairly certain that a lot more people know his name today than yesterday, and we say touché, sir!

Political PR is truly surreal, isn’t it?