Things only seem to be getting worse for Democratic North Carolina Senate candidate Cal Cunningham, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R).
The Washington Examiner reports that Cunningham gave his first press conference on Friday since the news broke of his alleged involvement in an extramarital affair — and it didn’t do much to help his case.
Taking a lesson from Biden?
Recently, Cunningham was alleged to have engaged in not just one extramarital affair, but at least two. Accordingly, the number one question Cunningham was asked by reporters on Friday was — are there more?
“Are there any other allegations of extramarital affairs that you think are going to surface, and do you think that you owe voters more of an explanation than you’ve offered so far?” asked one reporter.
“Look, we’ve heard from Sen. Tillis himself that this is what he wants to talk about,” Cunningham responded.
Cunningham is challenging Tillis in a pivotal U.S. Senate race in North Carolina. It has been a close race and an unusual one, with Cunningham being involved in a sex scandal and Tillis contracting the coronavirus at about the same time. The scandal, which continues to attract attention, is increasingly worrying for Democrats who are hoping to flip the Senate.
But Cunningham’s strategy, during the press conference, appears to have been taken out of the same playbook that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been using to avoid answering whether or not, if elected, he will pack the Supreme Court.
Cunningham claims affairs are not relevant
Following Cunningham’s non-response, another reporter tried to press him: “You did not answer Brian’s question,” the reporter said. “Are there more women?”
“Let me be very clear,” Cunningham replied. “I’m hearing from North Carolinians that are telling me in no uncertain terms that they want their Senate candidate talking about the issues.”
One more reporter, later, gave it another go, saying, “I’m not hearing you say that there aren’t other women, and I’m wondering if that is going to be a distraction if you end up going to Washington. Is this something that we’re going to be hearing about for months and months, or is this, is this chapter over?”
But Cunningham held firm. “I’ve taken responsibility for the hurt that I’ve caused in my life.” Cunningham has indeed apologized to his family for the one alleged affair with Arlene Guzman Todd, herself the wife of an army veteran, but he has refused to resign from the Senate race. And, now, he has made it clear that he will not acknowledge other alleged affairs. We, of course, don’t know whether there are others, but it would have been easy to simply say, “No.”
Cunningham, a U.S. Army Reserve officer, is also now under investigation by the Army, where adultery is a prosecutable offense.