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Virginia Legislative Candidate Who Livestreamed Sex Videos Gets Support From Women: ‘It’s a Blockbuster Job’

A Democratic Virginia legislative candidate whose race was rocked by the revelation that she and her husband live streamed themselves having sex advanced his campaign Tuesday and gained some early support in the high-stakes competition.

Susanna Gibson, a nurse practitioner and mother of two, is running against a Republican businessman in one of the few highly competitive races that could determine the balance of power in the General Assembly. The race in a suburban district outside of Richmond attracted significant spending and sparked great interest in an off-year legislative race.

Sex broadcast live by a candidate from Virginia
In this still from video, Virginia legislative candidate Susanna Gibson addresses the Women’s Summit in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in September 2022.

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Gibson gained support as an abortion rights candidate in a state that is an increasingly rare abortion access point in the South, where many states have adopted new restrictions as a result of the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

On Monday, after the Washington Post and the Associated Press reported that Gibson had livestreamed videos on Chaturbate — a legal website where viewers can watch live webcam performances featuring nudity and sexual activity — Gibson was mocked on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

But state that Sen. L. Louise Lucas, a leading Democratic lawmaker from Virginia, quickly came to his defense, calling on voters to “make this day the biggest fundraiser of (Gibson’s) campaign.” Many voters retweeted Lucas with a link to donate to Gibson’s campaign.

“Anyone who watches this knows it’s a hit job,” said Amanda Linton, a 45-year-old defense contractor who donated $25 to Gibson’s campaign after watching the videos. Linton said she plans to donate an additional $100 to Gibson’s campaign, even though she can’t vote for her because she lives outside her district.

“It’s no one’s business. She didn’t break any laws by doing this. She had sex with her husband. I mean, my God,” Linton said.

Lucas said she assumed the videos were leaked by a Republican in an effort to embarrass Gibson and damage his campaign.

“They’re looking for anything they can find on any candidate that they think might sway voters,” Lucas said. “It’s all about who’s going to take control of the Senate and who’s going to take control of the House. It’s all about control.”

Democrats now hold the Senate by a margin of four votes, and Republicans control the House of Delegates by the same margin, with four seats vacant. The two parties are waging intense legislative battles as Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin — a rising GOP star — tries to bolster his conservative agenda with full control of state government.

Emily’s List, an advocacy group for Democratic candidates, also defended Gibson.

“Susanna originally ran for office because of the overturning of Roe and she has been very outspoken in her defense of reproductive rights. People support Susanna because they know Republicans are going after her because she stood up for them,” spokeswoman Lauren Chou said.

Still, some observers of Virginia politics said it seemed unlikely that Gibson would completely avoid backlash.

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said that even in an era more open to personal indiscretions, it is highly unlikely that Gibson will win.

“Donald Trump has lowered the definition of what is acceptable in public life, but that doesn’t seem like the kind of behavior Democrats will be able to sell in a suburban Richmond district,” Farnsworth said.

Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, said the sex videos were a huge distraction from Gibson’s campaign.

“Explaining sex tapes rather than talking about politics is a huge lost opportunity,” he said.

But Monica Hutchinson, legislative coordinator for a youth justice organization, said she supported Gibson before the videos surfaced and would continue to support her.

“Honestly, I don’t see why she can’t survive this. She didn’t do anything wrong, she didn’t break any laws,” Hutchinson said, and “Gibson’s sex life has nothing to do with it. see with his political program”. “

Gibson denounced the release and sharing of the videos as a violation of his privacy and “the worst gutter policy.”


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