A self-described liberal Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia is asking his followers on social media to help him target a young cheerleader who has been at the center of Internet controversy in recent weeks.
Mike Dickinson, who is currently seeking the House seat held by Republican Eric Cantor, offered $100,000 to anyone who could supply him with nude photos of Kendall Jones, the 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader who has been blasted for her Facebook photos showing her big-game hunting prizes in Africa.
“I have 100k to anyone who has nude photos or video of #kendalljones at Texas tech [sic]. She deserves to be a target,” Mr. Dickinson tweeted Wednesday.
On Thursday, Mr. Dickinson continued to attack Ms. Jones with more vulgar remarks on Twitter.
“Does she enjoy being spanked? We want to know,” he wrote.
Later he tweeted, “If any ex boyfriends of #KendallJones are out there we want and will pay for sex stories or info about her.”
Despite an immediate backlash to the comments on Twitter, Mr. Dickinson did not make any apology and defended his tweets as “free speech.”
There is some question whether or nor Mr. Dickinson is running as a serious candidate. While he has a campaign website, and his Twitter and Facebook bios state that he is running for Congress, the election-monitoring website Ballotpedia reports that Mr. Dickinson did not meet Virginia’s reporting requirements to qualify for inclusion on the ballot.
Mr. Dickinson and the Virginia Democratic Party were not immediately available for comment.