A Virginia state senator hauled in more than $44,000 for his reelection efforts in the first quarter of this year, but he reported that only $200 of that — less than 0.5 percent — came from a real, live human being.
State Senator Attended Fundraiser in Genie Costume That Said ‘Rub Me’ on Lamp Protruding from Crotch
Before he was elected to the Virginia state Senate, William R. DeSteph Jr., who is running for reelection in November, attended a Halloween fundraiser for a youth charity dressed as a genie in a lamp, with a large, protruding spout from his crotch like an erect penis. The lamp read, “Rub Me!”
Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves, who has voted against allowing the removal of Confederate monuments, was a leader in an ROTC company in college that flew the Confederate flag, making him the latest politician in the Old Dominion to face new questions about the South’s racist past.
A Virginia state senator who voted against removing Confederate monuments is a member of a hate-filled conservative Facebook group, an affiliation that has dogged other Republicans in recent months. State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, who represents a district around Richmond, has been a member of the simply named Facebook group Tea Party since June, even as other politicians faced criticism for their links to the group, where users cheerlead President Donald Trump alongside anti-semitic and racist posts.