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Congressional Candidate Caught Browsing Porn: I Totally Wasn’t Looking At Porn

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The congressional candidate who accidentally posted a Facebook screenshot of his computer with pornography tabs still open has given an explanation: He wasn’t looking at porn, he was just trying to protect his computer from viruses.

Long-shot independent congressional candidate Mike Webb, who is running in Virginia’s 8th district covering Arlington and Alexandria, attracted viral attention Monday when he failed to close two pornographic videos on his Internet browser before snapping a screenshot of his computer screen. As a result, thousands of people saw his interest in “IVONE SEXY AMATEUR” and “LAYLA RIVERA TIGHT BOOTY” before the post was finally taken down.

But local WUSA9 News in Virginia was able to contact Webb Monday night, and he said there was a totally innocent explanation for why his computer looked had multiple porn pages open.

“What happened is actually kind of interesting. I initially got hit with a cyber-attack on my FEC data file and there was a lot of I guess speculation in terms of where we got it,” Webb told WUSA9. “We took it to Best Buy and we found out we had 400 viruses on the computer.”

Webb said those Best Buy technicians blamed his many viruses on his visits to porn websites, but Webb disagreed, saying he never visited them. To prove his theory, he said he visited those porn pages as a test to prove they were not the reason he was getting viruses.

“I was trying to see what was the probability that someone running for office is going to run into that particular, that particular scenario,” Webb said. “It just doesn’t happen.”

Webb told WUSA9 that he had no plans to remove the post, but he evidently changed his mind, as the post has now been deleted.

Nevertheless, Webb is arguing that his mishap was actually a good thing for his campaign, which is highly unlikely to succeed in what is considered a safe Democratic district. He made a follow-up Facebook post praising God for what he views as a semi-miraculous occurrence.”

“Today’s notorious post reached almost 200,000 people,” he said. “The succeeding post reached a little more than a tenth of that, and all through the viral infection of social media and word of mouth … [T]he truly amazing thing about today was that ‘I saw also the Lord, high and lifted up,’ and I was very much moved by the love and support of those who expressed their encouragement and support, even some in the national and local press.”

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