The Democratic congressional hopeful challenging Republican Rep. Steve King for his congressional seat previously worked as an internet psychic.
Kim Weaver, who lost to the long-time congressman in 2016 and is mounting another challenge in 2018, went by the names “Kimberanne” and “the Spirit Weaver” during her time working in the psychic service industry, reports The Des Moine Register. She told the paper it was more of a recreational pursuit than a career path, saying she was acting as a “life coach.”
“I didn’t really actually do anything,” she said. “It was all for entertainment purposes. Did I make a living from it? No, definitely not.”
According to archives of websites and recordings obtained by the publication, Weaver offered tarot readings and advice to clients for $3.99 per minute on topics ranging from “real estate to romance.”
King beat Weaver by a landslide in 2016, coming in 22 points higher than his democratic challenger in the traditionally red district.
Weaver’s political director, Todd Prieb, dismissed the notion the candidate’s former job should be seen as a negative, adding he believes Republican operatives likely brought the information to light.
“Frankly, the idea that people would care about something Kim did 10 years ago on an entertainment website more than Steve King’s horrendous voting record is insulting to the voters of this district,” Prieb said in the statement. “Kim does not actually believe she has psychic abilities, but she does foresee Steve King being unemployed after 2018.”
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