The off-year elections were a major disappointment to Republicans.
And it turns out the GOP efforts were weak at best.
That could explain why this Democrat candidate who live streamed sex acts for money only barely lost her bid for a House seat.
The Democrat candidate who filmed pornographic videos with her husband and streamed them online for money has barely lost her bid for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Her radical pro-abortion stance cost her the seat
Susanna Gibson, a 40-year-old wife and mother of two who was vying for the District 57 State House seat, made national headlines in September when news broke she and her husband, John David Gibson, had live streamed themselves having sex on the website Chaturbate.
But despite this, Gibson came within 1,000 votes of winning the seat.
Most political observers believe the combination of the internet porn and her radical pro-abortion views likely cost her the election.
Gibson, who works as a nurse practitioner when she’s not making pornography, announced her candidacy for the seat in July 2022.
She made abortion on demand the major focus of her campaign.
“As a nurse practitioner, I know better than anyone that politicians have no place making decisions about women’s bodies and their health care,” she said.
But by September of 2022, just two months after she joined the race, more than a dozen explicit videos featuring Gibson and her husband were shared on the X-rated site Chaturbate.
The worst news for Gibson was that at least two of the videos were posted in a publicly accessible website archive.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, which cataloged much of Gibson’s pornographic content Gibson showed truly repulsive behavior in her online postings.
Taking tips for “a good cause”
In one posting, the want to be politician admitted she is unfaithful to her husband, a practice she referred to as an “ethically non monogamous” [sic] open marriage.
She also openly bragged about “f***ing” three men, one of whom was her husband, on the same day, according to the Free Beacon.
In yet another video, she asked her more than 5,700 Chaturbate followers to “tip” her extra “tokens … for a good cause” in exchange for the privilege of watching her urinate.
“Yeah, you can watch me pee,” she said. “Let me block a few people, and then y’all can watch me pee if you tip me and some tokens again. I’m raising money for a good cause.”
She did not make clear just what her “good cause” was, but most believe it was money for her political ambitions.
Some Virginia Democrats, including U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, distanced themselves from Gibson shortly after her pornographic videos were made known.
But Gibson and most Democrats went on offense, claiming the reports about her pornographic work were simply “an illegal invasion of [her] privacy” and a deliberate attempt “to humiliate” her.
Sex crimes and political losses
Her attorney even went so far as to say he was exploring whether sharing the videos, which she live streamed of her own accord, violated Virginia law regarding “revenge porn.”
Even more laughable, Gibson’s statement at the time went so far as to accuse some of committing “a sex crime” by releasing the videos.
“My political opponents and their Republican allies have proven they’re willing to commit a sex crime to attack me and my family because there’s no line they won’t cross to silence women when they speak up,” her statement said.
Her Republican opponent, businessman David Owen, spent little time on the videos on the campaign trail, focusing instead on his own platform, which included fixing the economy and the increasing violent crime rate.
“As far as whether [porn] disqualifies her or not, that will be up to the voters in the district,” Owen said.
Owen’s instinct to trust the voters worked in his favor.
He narrowly won the race by less than 1,000 votes in a campaign the Washington Examiner called “one of the closest races of the cycle.”