A top Democratic lawmaker is in hot water after admitting to cheating on his wife.
Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford confessed to having an extra-marital affair with a former Senate intern after his ex-lover publicized their secret relationship on a podcast, the New York Post reported. The woman, who went by the alias “Love Jones,” was an ex-intern of former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Horsford admits to affair
According to “Love Jones,” whose real name is Gabriela Linder, the affair continued on and off for about 10 years, between 2009 and 2019. They met when Linder was working for Reid, and the pair was in contact as recently as April.
Horsford, a married father of three children, apologized and asked for privacy, according to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.
“It is true that I had a previous relationship outside of my marriage, over the course of several years,” he said. “I’m deeply sorry to all of those who have been impacted by this very poor decision, most importantly my wife and family. Out of concern for my family during this challenging time, I ask that our privacy is respected.”
Podcast precedes confession
Linder had talked about the relationship in a podcast series launched in April called “Mistress for Congress” before going to the Las Vegas Review-Journal with her story. The former intern went public with the affair because she now realizes she was “loyal to a fault,” and that Horsford used his power to take advantage of her. She was 21 years of age at the time of their first meeting, according to Fox News, and Horsford was a 36-year-old majority leader in the state senate.
Although she never worked for Horsford, who married his wife in 2000, Linder said that he “offered her financial support, introduced her to political connections, and filmed a segment for her young son’s YouTube show using his congressional staff,” according to Fox News.
Horsford appeared in the video, and they broke contact not long after. Linder also said that Horsford had discussed leaving his wife for her, but she decided she couldn’t “wait” and “deserved more.” Unluckily for Horsford, Linder also plans on writing a book about their romance.
“He knew how in love with him I was, and he knew what he could do and get away with,” she said, according to the New York Post. “He knows I would support him. He never told me to keep quiet. He didn’t have to. He knew I was loyal to a fault.”
Democrat pressured to resign
The ex-lover is now calling on Horsford to quit his re-election bid since he is not the “family man” he portrays to voters.
“He obtained this position under false pretenses that he was a family man and man of God,” Linder reportedly said. “He should take a step back, atone, and if people are satisfied, then he can come back into politics.”
Horsford’s political rivals are calling on him to resign or face investigation over his actions, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.