We talk a lot about candidate quality. And certainly it’s an issue. At least if you’re in the party that the media hates rather than the one it is loyal to.
Take the story of Susanna Gibson whose story can be briefly summed up by this AP headline. “GOP’s David Owen wins Virginia legislative race over Democratic opponent who livestreamed sex videos.” The actual story is even worse.
A Democrat running for a crucial seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates performed sex acts with her husband for a live online audience and encouraged viewers to pay them with “tips” for specific requests, according to online videos viewed by The Washington Post.
In multiple videos, Gibson interrupts sex acts to type into a bedside computer. Speaking directly into the screen, she urges viewers to provide tips, which are paid through “tokens” purchased through the site. In at least two videos, she agrees to perform certain acts only in a “private room,” an arrangement that requires the viewer to pay more.
“I need, like, more tokens before I let him do that,” she responds to a request that they perform a certain act. “One token, no. More. Raising money for a good cause.”
You would think that the party would have backed away from her and urged her to get out of the race. And even if didn’t do that, voters would refuse to support an actual prostitute, as opposed to a political one, for the House.
But the results are in and Gibson lost her race by only 2.7%.
The final results have David Owen winning 17,878 and 51.16% of the vote and Susanna Gibson winning 16,912 and 48.40% of the vote.
Gibson has issued a statement suggesting that she will run again, tweeting that, “The fight to protect women’s bodily autonomy, to improve our children’s education, and to ensure better healthcare for all is too important. We can’t let one setback deter us. I won’t give up. We can’t give up. I look forward to fighting alongside each and every one of you in the future.”
Maybe next time she’ll get that 2%.