Virginia GOP sends out ‘explicit’ fliers about Democrat’s sex video scandal

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The Virginia Republican Party sent out “explicit” fliers in response to a Democrat’s recent sex video scandal.

A photo featured in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, appears to show an envelope with a label warning of “explicit material” and to “not open if you are under the age of 18.” The return address in the corner lists “Paid for by the Republican Party of Virginia.” 

The fliers allegedly contain screenshots from “videos” by Susanna Gibson, a woman running for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates outside of Richmond, according to a screenshot of a Reddit post in the aforementioned X post. Gibson was caught up in a scandal last month over an uncovered video of her and her husband in which they performed sexual acts on the pornography website Chaturbate.

“As stated in the disclaimer, it came from the Republican Party of Virginia. Gibson’s campaign has falsely alleged that the videos of her publicly engaging in sexual activity on publicly-accessible pornography websites were ‘leaked’ by Republicans,” a statement from Republican Party of Virginia Chair Rich Anderson read. “In reality, the opposite is true. After revelation of her very public acts, polling now shows her to be 11 points behind her Republican opponent.”

“Additionally, her running mates, Schuyler VanValkenburg and Rodney Willett, have not condemned her actions,” Anderson continued. “The mail piece corrects her false statements using already-published mainstream media news accounts and Gibson’s own public words as documented via her videos.”

Gibson faces a competitive battle for the newly-drawn district that could determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the House of Delegates after the November elections; Republicans hold just a four-seat majority in the chamber. 

“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,” Gibson said in the wake of the uncovering of the video last month. 

In a statement, Gibson’s campaign accused her Republican opponent, David Owen, and 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.”

“Voters are tired of these desperate attacks, and they will not be fooled by them,” the statement read.

“From day one, Susanna has been focused on protecting reproductive freedom, fully funding our schools, and keeping our communities safe. Nothing will ever deter her commitment to our community.”

A spokesperson for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus said called the fliers “a desperate attempt to distract and deflect from how many of their candidates are on the record wanting to ban abortion.”

“Let’s not forget, David Owen is the same guy who was caught on camera saying he wanted to change the makeup of the General Assembly to institute said ban,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “The VA GOP can’t be trusted and this continues to make that clear.”

Updated: 4:51 p.m.

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Source : https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4272846-virginia-gop-sends-explicit-fliers-democrats-sex-video-scandal/amp/

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Date de Publication : 2023-10-24 09:00:00

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