Oregon Dem. House hopeful 'reclaiming her sexuality' after video surfaces exposing past as dominatrix

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SALEM, OR - Courtney Casgraux, the Democrat woman seeking to represent Oregon's 1st Congressional District in the House is now publicly embracing her past when she worked at a Midtown BDSM dungeon, looking to "reclaim her sexuality."

According to the New York Post, Casgraux said that she was "horrified" when a video clip of her as a Manhattan dominatrix was posted to Reddit back on August 31st. She said, "[I was] just panicking ... Then I was like, 'Who did this?' and I just stared calling every single person that I pretty much knew from my past ... I was like hyperventilating, crying."

Casgraux, who is now 41-years-old, worked as a dominatrix back in her 20s and 30s, charging clients $500 per hour for her services. She now is a self-described international businesswoman who is seeking to represent Oregon's 1st Congressional District House. 

Years later, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Casgraux, a single mom of a teenage boy and a native of California, returned to the BDSM industry. This time she worked at Donatella's Dungeon, an S&M club located in Midtown Manhattan. Still not able to identify the person responsible for leaking the video, Casgraux said that she believes someone was "attempting to shame her."

She said, "To shame me for something that helped create the life that I have today where I have opportunity ... made me really mad. Because it felt like an attack on women, not just an attack on me."

According to the Post, Casgraux's advocacy work has included teaching puberty and menstruation courses at an Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club, as well as training displaced and trafficked women in technical trades through another Los Angeles-based nonprofit.

She is now looking to win the seat currently held. by Democrat Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. Casgraux has focused her campaign on voting and abortion rights as well as reversing the wide decriminalization of drugs in the state of Oregon.

She is reportedly using the "outing" of her past to "reclaim her sexuality," creating a Playboy profile to sell sexy pictures of herself for up to $150 each. 

She is not compensated by Playboy and uses her profile to post political content, such as an explanation of how Article 2 of the Constitution grants presidential powers and impeachment, and her views on challenges faced by small American farms. So far, her campaign has only raised $757 from 13 donors.

She said, "Once [the video] came out and I got the Playboy page, I was like, 'Oh my God, I feel like I can just be me.' And I could say the things that I wanna say and I can be funny and be tongue and cheek with things, and reclaim my sexuality." 

Casgraux said that it isn't all about winning the election, adding, "If I can win, that's incredible. Let's go to Washington ... and we'll make amazing legislation. But there's no losing if I can make one woman feel like there's no shame in your past and what you have done ... You too can run for Congress."

In a statement to Fox News Digital, she said that she believes the Democratic Party currently lacks "strong leadership," adding that those representing the party have "compromised the nation." She said that she is surprised about the state of Congress when it comes to who can represent the people throughout the country and who cannot.

She said, "Unfortunately, we live in a nation where there can be sex purchasers in Congress, but not sitting sex workers."
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