The Democratic challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) was caught last week in a sex scandal for which he has since apologized, but another allegation has surfaced this week.
In an initial report, Cal Cunningham was linked to a series of sexually explicit texts that hinted at an extramarital affair. A second woman has now come forward alleging he was also involved in an affair with her close friend, as reported by Fox News.
“Organizers will try to reschedule”
A tweet on Monday from Jeff Tiberii of the University of North Carolina, who had been scheduled to moderate a town hall on the same day, confirmed that Cunningham pulled out of the event at the last minute.
“A U.S. Senate town hall scheduled for Monday afternoon is off,” he wrote. “Unfortunately [Cunningham] has backed out. Organizers will try to reschedule.”
Tiberii went on to express concern on behalf of “the organizers who worked hard to put this together,” concluding by addressing the elephant in the room.
He tweeted that he was “disappointed” that “we will not hear from Cunningham about sexually suggestive texts he sent to a woman (not his wife, nor mother of his children).”
National File first revealed the sexting scandal in an article last week that named his alleged mistress as Arlene Guzman Todd, a married lobbyist and political strategist.
“Not the woman mentioned in the story”
Cunningham’s problems compounded on Monday when another woman — defense attorney Erin Brinkman, who had once worked for him on a prior campaign — revealed on Facebook new allegations about an unidentified friend.
“He’s been having an affair with a good friend of mine since 2012,” she wrote. “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!”
The Democrat responded to the first claim on Friday with an apology.
“I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry,” Cunningham said. “The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do. I ask that my family’s privacy be respected in this personal matter. I remain grateful and humbled by the ongoing support that North Carolinians have extended in this campaign, and in the remaining weeks before this election I will continue to work to earn the opportunity to fight for the people of our state.”
Though he had been steadily outperforming Tillis in various surveys conducted throughout the summer, this last-minute disruption could seal his fate as voters head to the polls.