Political Porn on a Whole New Level

The fate of Virginia House candidate Susanna Gibson, who live-streamed her sexual exploits with her husband, could impact Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s ability to enact a 15-week abortion ban.
The fate of Virginia House candidate Susanna Gibson, who live-streamed her sexual exploits with her husband, could impact Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s ability to enact a 15-week abortion ban. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
Peter Hamby
September 25, 2023

Last week, I popped over to Richmond to visit my parents for a few days, and in between spoonfuls of my dad’s shrimp and grits, I asked them what the word around town was about the wildest political sex scandal I can remember. Not just in Virginia, but anywhere. My dad’s response pretty much summed it up: “People really don’t know how to talk about it.”

You can say that again. This is the tale of the exhibitionist Democratic state house candidate, Susanna Gibson, who, along with her horny husband, repeatedly live-streamed their sexual escapades on a camming website called Chaturbate, sometimes for tips. The story has left the commonwealth’s Democrats tongue-tied and embarrassed. The press doesn’t really know how to handle the story either, partly because of the deep kink involved, but also because the person at the center of the scandal is not a predatory conservative man, but a young female progressive, usually the hero figure in stories about politics and sex these days. Meanwhile, Republicans in Virginia are thrilled to talk about it, because it plays to their advantage… but only off the record, thanks.