Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Cal Cunningham is embroiled in a sordid sex scandal with less than two weeks left until Election Day, and his GOP rival has issued a stark rebuke.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said in a recent interview that his opponent should “withdraw from the race” amid the growing controversy, as reported by Breitbart.
“Truth and honor”
After leaked text messages surfaced revealing an apparent inappropriate relationship, Cunningham admitted having an affair and apologized, declining further comment on the matter, NBC News reported. Tillis’ tough talk on the topic came on Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Your World.
“I think it goes far beyond controversial texts,” he said, according to Breitbart. “We’re talking about a confirmed affair with the wife of a wounded warrior, and now a second affair reported over the weekend.”
Tillis went on to slam the Democrat for running “a campaign talking about truth and honor matters” while leading the secretive life.
“He’s under investigation with the Army right now,” the senator said, as Breitbart reported. “He’s going to get a letter of reprimand. And depending upon the circumstances of now two affairs, he could ultimately be subject to court-martial. And I think that matters to North Carolina voters.”
Tillis said his campaign was “trending well before these revelations,” going on to assert that the affairs should effectively end Cunningham’s bid to unseat him.
“I honestly think that the only honorable thing Cal Cunningham could do right now is to withdraw from the race, reconcile with his family, and rebuild his reputation,” he said.
“In his own home”
According to Tillis, “the investigation with the Army will go past the election,” but there is evidence that he “will have a letter of reprimand” based on the inappropriate conduct.
“This is not years ago,” the senator concluded. “This is weeks ago in his own home. Then it could rise to a higher level within a court-martial.”
Even as many Democrats across the state wrestle with the implications of Cunningham’s admission, polls indicate the scandal has not had a huge impact on his lead over the incumbent, as reported by NBC News.
The Democratic Party maintains confidence in Cunningham in the final days of the race, as noted in North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent hot-mic remark to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that the party would “get him across” the finish line on Nov. 3.