Democratic U.S. Senate candidate for North Carolina Cal Cunningham admitted days ago that he exchanged texts of a sexual nature with a woman who was not his wife. Now, new texts have emerged indicating that the relationship was not just virtual — and the woman involved confirmed to the Associated Press that she and Cunningham had a physical affair.
What are the detail?
On Thursday, conservative outlet National File published texts between Cunningham and a California public relations strategist identified as Arlene Guzman Todd. TheBlaze previously reported that "she is married to Jeremy Todd, who like Cunningham is a military veteran, reportedly served 15 years in the Army."
The next day, Cunningham — who is married with two children — admitted to the authenticity of the messages, but said he would stay in the race against incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) while asking for privacy for himself and his family.
Allegations emerged of a second affair between Cunningham and an unidentified woman in a separate report from National File on Monday, which published a Facebook post from former Cunningham advocate and attorney Erin Brinkman.
"He's been having an affair with a good friend of mine since 2012," Brinkman wrote of the Democrat. "Not the woman mentioned in the story. Needless to say, my friend was devastated. But my feeling is, if they'll cheat WITH you, they'll cheat ON you!"
Hours later, Cunningham backed out of a town hall that had been scheduled to take place Monday afternoon.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that it had obtained additional text messages pertaining to Cunningham's relationship with Guzman Todd, "that provide both a more specific timeline about their relationship, which shows it was recent, as well as details that describe intimate encounters — not simply a digital exchange."
The outlet reported:
The text messages were not obtained from Guzman Todd. But the AP contacted her to confirm their authenticity. In a series of interviews late Monday as well as in the text messages, Guzman Todd described two in-person encounters with Cunningham, one in March in Los Angeles that she said did not include intimate contact and a second in July in North Carolina, where she said they were intimate.
In the text messages to her friend, Guzman Todd told her she was intimate with Cunningham in his home, which she later characterized as "weird."
In another exchange, Guzman Todd indicated that she was frustrated by the limited attention that he showed her.
"I'm just going to send to his opponent his naked photos," Guzman Todd wrote. "That will teach him."
Guzman Todd issued a statement saying, "A few months back, I displayed a lapse in judgment by engaging in a relationship with Cal Cunningham during a period of marital separation. The relationship spanned several months and consisted primarily of a series of text exchanges and an in-person encounter."
According to WNCN-TV, the Cunningham campaign has ignored the outlet's repeated requests for comment on the text messages, and as of Tuesday night, they had not responded to the new revelations reported by the AP.
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