Itkis – an Army cyber operations officer – is also a strong proponent of the rights of sex workers.
"One of my three primary goals is to advance sex positivity, including several proposals for legislation designed to explicitly protect sexual rights by ending government involvement in marriage, the right to not become a parent in case of pregnancy, a right for women to terminate an abortion, decriminalization of sex between consenting adults, a nation-wide definition of consent, and legalization of sex work," Itkis said.
To show that he is a hardened supporter of sex positivity, Itkis released a 13-minute video on the adult video website Pornhub. Itkis – a registered Democrat – starred in the sex movie with porn star Nicole Sage.
Itkis gushed about the X-rated movie, "One of the most meaningful experiences of my life."
"Creating the video significantly influenced my political platform, leading me to create the principles of sex work legalization, to speak about the complexities of consent, and the pros and cons of privacy considerations," Itkis revealed.
Itkis told New York's City & State publication, “If I would just talk about it, it wouldn’t demonstrate my commitment to the issue."
The New York congressional candidate said the erotic video would serve as a “starting point for conversations about the equal value of married people and those who are not, the expansion on sexual rights beyond abortion, and finally, the need to provide all citizens the tools necessary to protect themselves online.”
“I’m very much an introvert,” Itkis claimed. "I'm kind of a nerd who doesn’t like to be the center of attention if I can avoid it. But I thought the issues I’m trying to address are so important… I wanted to have my issues talked about in some way."
Itkis slammed both political parties.
"The far right, led by the Supreme Court, has a negative view of sexual rights, pursuing the position that sex should only happen between a married man and woman, clearly leaving out multiple demographics such as single individuals, and people whom the 'traditional' marriage arrangement doesn’t work," he claimed. "With this worldview in mind, modern conservatives are clearly opposed to sexually-explicit speech as well as research that doesn’t comply with their views."
"Unfortunately, many Democrats have also opposed freedom of speech, contributing to 'cancel culture' and political correctness," he continued. "Being born in the Soviet Union, I’m well aware of the consequences for people who deviate from the party line, and am strongly opposed to restrictions on speech because someone may be offended."
Mike Zumbluskas – the Republican candidate running in New York’s 12th Congressional District – somewhat understood the public relations stunt by Itkis.
"You gotta do what you gotta do," Zumbluskas said. "The media ignores everybody that’s not a Democrat in the city."