Update: The Virginia House of Delegates candidate known as the “porn Dem,” Susanna Gibson, lost her race Tuesday after webcam videos of her having sex with her husband were exposed.
Republican businessman David Owen beat Gibson by less than 1,000 votes according to the final results.
October 30 – In Henrico County, residents may have been startled this month to receive mailers from the Republican Party of Virginia with the word “explicit” scrolled across it.
Susanna Gibson, a Democrat running in House District 57, garnered national headlines last month when it came to light she had performed sex acts with her husband for a pornographic website. The mailers, labeled with a warning that only those 18 or older should open it, contained quotes and screenshots from her livestreamed videos, NBC affiliate WBBT-TV in Richmond reported.
In response, Gibson’s campaign released a statement accusing the Virginia GOP of “trying to distract voters from their extreme agenda to ban abortion, defund schools, and allow violent criminals to access weapons of war.”
Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, said the mailers showed that Republicans and Gov. Glenn Youngkin didn’t understand the importance of consent.
“Revenge porn is a crime and that includes in politics,” she wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
In a text message, RPV Chair Rich Anderson said nothing in the mailers had been “leaked” by Republicans because it was using material already published in mainstream media news accounts, as well as Gibson’s “own public words as documented via the videos.”
Anderson said the mailers did not contain pornographic images or words. He did not respond to a question about why the envelopes were labeled with a warning.
Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter declined to comment.
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