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CA congressional online debate was interrupted by gay porn

Gay porn images interrupt California political debate.
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REDDING, California -- A debate between candidates vying for California’s First Congressional District was interrupted on May 17 when hackers infiltrated the airwaves with gay porn.

The two candidates, Green Party's Lewis Elbinger and Democrat David Peterson, were interrupted by the graphic scenes not soon after their opening statements. The event was a live video broadcast and heard on KFOI 90.9 radio. It was hosted by the group Independent Like the North State. 

Moderator Chris Verrill immediately stopped the broadcast, “looks like we got hacked, we’ll try to fix this” he said.

But the debate could not go on and they never returned to the air. The debate was also supposed to air on television, but that has also been scrapped.

Verrill made a Facebook statement about the incident, “It’s disappointing that some pranksters disrespected the democratic process. But the North State is a great community and we won’t let a few bad apples spoil the whole barrel."

He added: “We’re already making plans to reschedule the candidate forum, so we can work together to move forward.”

He was interviewed by local station KRCR and although still disappointed with the prank, he admits it’s all a part of the democratic process.

“We had a community forum, and while it’s disappointing people did not respect us, or the candidates, or more importantly the democratic process, or the community, that’s part of the way democracy works.”

Doug LaMalfa (R) currently holds the Congressional seat and is up for re-election this November.

No legal action was taken after the prank.