I admit to not following North Carolina Senate campaign closely. I should have known candidate Cal Cunningham was the Democrat challenging (and, pollsters say, leading) GOP Senator Thom Tillis in what is considered a crucial race for the control of the Senate. Over the weekend, Cunningham, an Iraq war veteran and the married father of two admitted to sending a series of sexual messages (including a “sext”) to Arlene Guzman Todd, a California-based public relations strategist. “Would make my day to roll over and kiss you about now,” he wrote in one message.
Cunningham has been basing his campaign on themes of honor and character. [Mainstream media bias note: The New York Times described the exchange as “flirtatious.” Call me old fashioned, but I don’t consider “dick pics” as flirty.]
Now a Facebook comment from a woman named Erin Brinkman claims that her close friend also engaged in a multi-year affair with Cunningham. “He’s been having an affair with a good friend of mine since 2012. 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!,” Brinkman wrote.
Hey! This guy might be the next Bill Clinton!
When the initial scandal broke, Cunningham said he has no intention of leaving the race:
“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.”
That even sounds like Clinton, while he was denying that he had sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. After the report of the alleged second affair broke yesterday, Cunningham canceled a town hall appearance with voters that had been scheduled for yesterday afternoon. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.
Did I mention that his candidacy has been built on the themes of character and honor?
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee so far has indicated that the party will stand with him. Of course it has! After all, nothing in the 2020 Democratic drive to achieve political dominance has suggested any interest in character or honor whatsoever.
More evidence about what is considered “balanced coverage” by the news media: the New York Times reported Cunningham’s sexual infidelities in tandem with Senator Tillis testing positive for the Wuhan virus. Both, you see, are problems for their campaigns. Same thing, really. At the very, very end of the long article, the Times did note,
Carter Wrenn, a longtime Republican consultant, said in an interview that he believed that Mr. Cunningham was facing a more serious challenge than Mr. Tillis.“Tillis is a management problem,” he said. “Cunningham is a character problem.”
Normally I would add a “Ya think?” here, but who knows what Democratic voters will tolerate? The #MeToo adherents who screamed to the skies about the weakly alleged misconduct by Justice Kavanaugh when he was in high school are still, they say, voting for Joe, accused of rape by a staffer while Senator (not while going through puberty), and the most photographed perp of sexual harassment in U.S. political history. The Democratics base appears to have no interest in integrity, honesty, or character at all except as justifications to attack Republicans.