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Virginia Democrat’s Defeat in Highly Competitive District Amid Online Scandal

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In a surprising turn of events, Virginia House District 57, one of the most hotly contested districts in the commonwealth, has witnessed the defeat of Democratic candidate Susanna Gibson by her Republican opponent, David Owen.

Gibson’s campaign faced a severe setback when, in September, The Washington Post reported her involvement in a controversial online sex scandal. According to reports from Fox News, the report revealed that Gibson, a 40-year-old mother of two, had participated in livestreamed explicit content with her husband, even soliciting payments from viewers for specific acts.

Shockingly, more than a dozen of these videos were posted and archived on a website called Recurbate in September 2022, a period after she officially entered the race. The most recent videos were archived as late as September 30, 2022.

Despite the scandal, Gibson, a nurse practitioner, refused to withdraw from the race and accused her opponents of engaging in dirty politics to expose her private affairs. She decried the incident as an “illegal invasion of my privacy designed to humiliate me and my family” while vowing not to be silenced by what she perceived as a politically motivated attack.

The Republican Party of Virginia seized upon the controversy, reminding voters of Gibson’s involvement in the explicit online content. The party sent mailers to voters containing screenshots of the content, complete with warnings on the envelopes to deter minors from opening them due to explicit materials inside.

Virginia House District 57 encompasses parts of Richmond’s western suburbs in Henrico and Goochland counties and was deemed the third-most competitive among Virginia’s 100 House of Delegates districts by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.

Furthermore, based on recent voting patterns, the district had only a slight lean toward Republicans. It’s worth noting that Virginia voters do not register by party, making elections even more unpredictable in this competitive political landscape.

The outcome of this race underscores the role of personal conduct and character in political contests, and the controversy surrounding Susanna Gibson’s online activities undoubtedly played a pivotal role in the election results in this fiercely contested district.

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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