Democrat Cal Cunningham’s campaign to represent North Carolina in the US Senate has been rocked in the last few days by the revelation of an extramarital affair, but none of the major news networks have addressed the controversy on air.
On Friday, Cunningham’s campaign confirmed that a series of text messages suggesting an affair between married Cunningham and Arlene Guzman Todd, a public relations strategist from California, were authentic. The texts had been published by a conservative website, NationalFile.com.
On Monday, Cunningham withdrew from a town hall event hours after Guzman Todd told The Associated Press that she and Cunningham had an “intimate meeting”
In another exchange, Guzman Todd indicated that she was frustrated by the lack of attention he showed her, writing, “I’m just going to send his opponent his nude photos. This will teach him.”
OTHER TRIALS FROM CAL CUNNINGHAM AFFAIR ROCKS NORTH CAROLINA SENATE
Meanwhile, Tillis, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed on Friday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. While the Republican’s diagnosis was extensively covered by CNN and MSNBC as part of their roundup of those who contracted the virus in President Trump’s circle, liberal networks offered zero coverage of the Cunningham scandal on Monday and Tuesday.
The three broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, also skipped the Democrat controversy on their morning and evening news programs.
In a statement, Guzman Todd apologized for “the pain, embarrassment and disrespect I have caused to my close relatives, loved ones and all those affected by this situation.”
“A few months ago, I showed an error in judgment by engaging in a relationship with Cal Cunningham during a period of marital separation,” said Guzman Todd. “The relationship lasted several months and consisted mainly of a series of text exchanges and an in-person meeting.” He didn’t elaborate, but his text messages described the intimacy.
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Cunningham, 47, was a top recruit of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. It was a fundraising powerhouse. Also check important boxes: he’s a veteran, a father, a lieutenant colonel in the army reserve, a lawyer, and a former state senator.
Tillis picked up on Cunningham’s controversy as the challenger had enjoyed a comfortable lead against the reigning Republican in recent polls.
Evie Fordham of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.