Democrat Cal Cunningham’s campaign to represent North Carolina in the Senate has been shaken in recent days by the exposure of an extramarital affair, but none of the major news networks have addressed the controversy in the air.
On Friday, Cunningham’s campaign confirmed that a series of text messages suggesting a relationship between the married Cunningham and Arlene Guzman Todd, a California public relations strategist, were authentic. The texts were published by a conservative website, NationalFile.com.
Cunningham retired from a town hall on Monday after Guzman Todd told the Associated Press that she and Cunningham had an “intimate encounter”
In another exchange, Guzman Todd said she was frustrated by the limited attention he was showing her and wrote, “I will only send his opponent his nude photos. That will teach him. “
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Meanwhile, Tillis, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on Friday that he had tested positive for coronavirus. While the Republican’s diagnosis was fully covered by CNN and MSNBC as part of their round-up of those who contracted the virus in the circle of President Trump, the liberal networks offered no coverage of Cunningham’s scandal on Monday and Tuesday.
The three broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC left out the Democrats’ controversy in both their morning and evening news broadcasts.
In a statement, Guzman Todd apologized for the “pain and embarrassment and disrespect I have inflicted on my immediate family, loved ones, and everyone affected by this situation.”
“I misjudged a few months ago when I was 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 a face-to-face encounter.” She didn’t elaborate on it, but her text messages described the intimacy.
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Cunningham, 47, was a star recruit to Chuck Schumer, the chairman of the Senate minority. He was a fundraising powerhouse. He also checks important boxes: he’s a veteran, a father, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, an attorney, and a retired senator.
Tillis has picked up on Cunningham’s controversy as the challenger had a comfortable lead over the seated Republican in recent polls.
Fox News’ Evie Fordham and The Associated Press contributed to this report.