The Republican candidate for Assembly District 24 in downtown Reno, Nevada, Jim Riger Sr., asserts that he was hacked when nude selfies were emailed to party leader Kim Bacchus, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Although Riger admits the selfies are of him, he claims a hacker sent the photos in attempt to push him out of the race.
According to Bacchus, after a group email was sent out on June 9, a response from Riger’s email address said “am not the right man don’t vote for me (sic),” and also included pornographic selfies and close-ups of his genitalia.
“I don’t think he specifically sent that to me, I think he sent it to whoever sent out that general email,” Bacchus told the Gazette-Journal. “I didn’t feel like I was being targeted myself.”
“I believe it’s in the best interest of the community that Mr. Riger step down from his candidacy,” she said. She also filed a police report.
“The Nevada Republican Party has not worked with Jim Riger Sr. and will not be supporting him in any future capacity,” state GOP chair Michael McDonald said. “The actions displayed by this individual are both reprehensible and disgusting, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms. There is no room for this kind of behavior in our party or our political process.”
Riger claims he has been hacked several times and the hacker have even threatened him. “They’re telling me that they want me to quit running for the state Legislature and if not they’re going to go viral and send pictures.”
He said the selfies were for private use with his online girlfriends and argues that he is being attacked because he is Jewish.