RALEIGH – The extramarital affairs scandal embroiling the campaign and life of Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham keeps festering, as the authenticated adulterer goes completely silent on the campaign trail.
More text messages obtained by the Associated Press show what we all know; that Cunningham was involved in a sexual affair with a married woman who is not his wife – Arlene Guzman Todd. Moreover, in between sexual rendezvous, the mistress seemed bitter that she wasn’t getting enough attention from the married father and political candidate.
So bitter, in fact, that she seemed to threaten outing him, and their affair, via the release of naked photos to his political opponent.
“[…] 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 was in March in Los Angeles that she said did not include intimate contact, and a second was in July in North Carolina, where she said they were intimate.
In text messages to her friend, Guzman Todd said 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.”
“You don’t deserve me Cal,” she said in a separate text message to her friend. She added in another, “He knows (that I) can tank his campaign.” […]”
Hell hath no fury…
And now, perhaps unintentionally, that’s exactly what Guzman Todd appears to be doing. After sporting a lead in the polls, and in a strong position going into the final stretch, Cunningham has fallen behind his opponent Thom Tillis.
A new East Carolina University poll, taken since the first news broke, now shows Tillis leading Cunningham by a point. That gap is likely to get larger once many independent voters begin to realize this was more than just a temporary lapse in judgement for some lame ‘sext messages,’ and more an indictment of Cunningham as a man lacking in the kind of character he sold heavily on the campaign trail.