Virginia House of Delegates candidate Susanna Gibson faces intense backlash after a video of her intimate moments with her husband was leaked online. In a powerful statement, Gibson condemned her rivals for employing unethical political tactics and invading her privacy to undermine her campaign.
Gibson, a 40-year-old mother of two, is currently in a heated race for representation in Virginia's 57th District. A recent Washington Post report revealed that she had hosted live webcam shows on the adult streaming platform Chaturbate.
Responding to the controversy, Gibson lashed out at her opponents, accusing them of resorting to underhanded tactics. She emphasized that this invasion of her privacy was a deliberate attempt to embarrass her.
In an interview with CNN, Gibson boldly asserted that her political adversaries, along with their Republican allies, were willing to go to extreme lengths, including engaging in illegal activities, to suppress the voices of women who speak out. She remained resolute in her commitment to fight for the community despite the smear campaign.
On the other side of the race, Republican businessman David Owen, Gibson's competitor in the House of Delegates race, expressed sympathy towards Gibson and her family. He remained focused on his own campaign and claimed that his team only learned about the video when the public did.
The controversial videos allegedly became accessible to the public on the Recurbate website in September 2022, shortly after Gibson announced her candidacy.
Despite the controversy, Gibson maintained an active profile on Chaturbate named "the hotwife experience" even after declaring her campaign in July 2022. She garnered a significant following and encouraged her followers to donate tokens during her private shows, stating that the funds would go towards a charitable cause.
Gibson's attorney argued that circulating the video violated Virginia's revenge pornography law, and they were working closely with law enforcement to hold the culprits accountable.
Gibson's campaign has yet to comment on the situation, leaving her political future uncertain. However, she declared that this scandal would not silence her.
Virginia Democrats downplayed the controversy as they aimed to regain the majority in the Virginia House. With intense funding from both parties, the race has become a battleground for Governor Glenn Youngkin's conservative agenda.
Comments from the Virginia State Republican Party and House Speaker Todd Gilbert are still awaited, further intensifying the political landscape in the district.