Democrat Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) admitted to maintaining a nearly decade-long affair with Gabriela Linder, a former intern for then-Senator Harry Reid.
The scandal first erupted when Horsford’s mistress detailed the affair in a podcast titled “Mistress for Congress,” first released in April 2020 under the pseudonym of “Love Jones.”
Horsford comes clean
Linder revealed in an exclusive interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the affair had started in 2009. She worked in Reid’s Nevada office, and Horsford was the Nevada State Senate Majority Leader when they first met.
At the time, she was just 21, and he had been married to his wife, Sonya Horsford, for nearly a decade. Linder and Horsford soon began an affair that continued intermittently from 2009 until 2019.
After Linder went public with her story last week, Horsford was forced to address the scandal, confirming in a statement to the Associated Press that Linder’s story was an accurate account.
“It is true that I had a previous consensual relationship with another adult outside of my marriage, over the course of several years,” Horsford said in the statement. “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.”
Horsford has denied any intention of resigning his House seat over the scandal, though calls for him to do so have begun to emerge.
The truth comes out
Linder told the Review-Journal that she chose to expose her affair with Horsford because she was on an “an empowering journey,” and said that Horsford had used his position of influence and power to manipulate her.
Though Linder never worked for Horsford, she said in one of the podcast episodes that he had “looked out for her over the years, from anything from a job recommendation to financial support.”
She said she didn’t go public with outright accusations because “He knew how in love with him I was, and he knew what he could do and get away with. He never told me to keep quiet. He didn’t have to.”
Linder, who is planning on writing a book about her experience, indicated that she is not calling for him to resign from Congress, but did call upon him to end his bid for re-election.
“He obtained this position under false pretenses that he was a family man and man of God. He should take a step back, atone, and if people are satisfied, then he can come back into politics,” she said.