US politician leaves porn tabs open in Facebook post

Mike Webb (Facebook)
Mike Webb (Facebook)

A US politician has suffered a blow to his dignity after he inadvertently made a few of his x-rated web searches public in a screenshot posted to social media.

Mike Webb, a Republican running as an independent in Virginia's 8th district, thought he was uploading a seemingly innocent screengrab to Facebook about an alleged prank call he'd received from a local Republican official -- but it was not the case.

Unbeknownst to Mr Webb at the time, he'd forgotten to close out of a few other more risqué tabs which referenced adult entertainment actress Layla Rivera.

The post was visible to his 1500 followers for a few hours before being deleted.

Mr Webb has since posted another screengrab to thanking his "ranger buddies" for the tab check and quoting sections of the bible.

He goes onto apologise and even express some of the lessons he has learned from the debacle and why it has all made him a better politician.

"Lessons affirmed today include that we do expect our leaders to be examples of our highest ideals, but also, as we have seen for almost a year in non-traditional length posts, people are interested and motivated by truth and substance, not flash or even scandal.

"In 2016, it's about choice; it's about leadership; and it's about time. I am Mike Webb, and I am running for US Congress. Honest."

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