Cal Cunningham is the Democratic candidate for Senate in North Carolina who was caught engaging in at least one extramarital affair with a married woman. He has since then asked for “privacy” and canceled all public appearances, but he just had something that he wanted to get off his chest.
Cunningham was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s handpicked candidate to challenge incumbent Senator Thom Tillis as Schumer and the Democrats wanted a candidate who would stay “in a windowless basement raising money.”
In a video presumably recorded in a “windowless basement,” Cunningham unloaded on his Republican opponent, Senator Tillis. According to him, Tillis is to blame for his sex scandal.
“Because Thom Tillis knows that he is losing, and knows that we are winning, he has now resorted to trying to make this campaign about something other than the issues,” Cunningham said in his video.
Cunningham was probably furious and couldn’t hold back after Tillis’ campaign released their new ad, which highlights the Democrat’s remark that “here in North Carolina, the truth still matters.” In the ad, Cunningham was also accused of hypocrisy.
Cunningham’s campaign has been having trouble since the news of his scandal spread. Arlene Guzman Todd, the woman he was having the affair with, confirmed that the text messages were indeed real. She also admitted that she had “weird” sexual relations with Cunningham at his family home in North Carolina over the summer.
Guzman Todd’s husband is Jeremy Todd, an Army veteran who called on Cunningham, an officer in the Army Reserve, to drop out of the race.
“Mr. Cunningham chose to repeatedly engage in activities that would hurt his family and a fellow junior officer and veteran,” Todd said. “If elected, I can only imagine how misplaced his judgment would be for the people he’s charged to represent.”
Beyond giving a vague apology for “the hurt that I have caused in my personal life,” Cunningham has refused to give any further comments regarding his philandering.
When he was confronted by a local reporter about the sexting scandal, Cunningham told the reporter, “This campaign is not about my personal life, and I appreciate your question. The campaign is about the people of North Carolina.”