North Carolina Democrat Cal Cunningham’s extramarital scandal is now officially a legal problem for the Senate hopeful. Cunningham’s sexual-messaging affair with Arlene Guzman Todd was originally thought to be just digital, but she confirmed that she and Cunningham made “intimate contact.” Both were married at the time.
Cunningham’s adulterous activities represent more than just a sex scandal for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Commitee’s (DSCC) hand-picked candidate; given his rank as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and Todd’s husband’s veteran status, their affair potentially violates the Uniform Code of Military Justice and risks court martial.
Cunningham remains notably absent from the public eye as his sex scandal grows more substantial. His campaign issued a weak statement that failed to address his despicable behavior, but said that he will “participate” in the investigation process, and instead attempted to turn Cunningham’s self-induced problems on GOP Senator Thom Tillis.
Much to Cunningham’s dismay, he was caught in public by a local news anchor who pressed him to address the situation. He claimed that the campaign is “not about his personal life.”
?? CAL IS CAUGHT ON CAMERA by @MichaelWNCN— Joanna Rodriguez (@joannamrod) October 7, 2020
Repeatedly refers questions to his communications team and refuses to answer specifics on his affair with the wife of a combat veteran or the ongoing US Army Reserve investigation announced this morning. #NCsen pic.twitter.com/ks18hTWA9D
Both Sen. Tillis and the GOP’s Senate arm called for transparency from Cunningham, who said he has no plans to exit the battleground Senate race.
I agree with Cal Cunningham: this election is about integrity.— Thom Tillis (@ThomTillis) October 7, 2020
Cal Cunningham owes all of North Carolina an explanation. pic.twitter.com/ugxlT4KQeL
Recent polling taken after the news of Cunningham’s infidelity originally broke shows a tilt in support toward Sen. Tillis.