(FiveNation.com)- The Democrats are in for yet another scandal, this time involving their North Carolina Senate candidate, James Calvin “Cal” Cunningham.
Cunningham, who is a lieutenant colonel, is accused of having an extramarital affair. If true, it would mean the Senate hopeful has violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
An Army Reserve spokesman said that an investigation is now taking place after several media reports detailed Cunningham’s alleged sexual affair.
“The Army Reserve is investigating the matters involving Lt. Col. James Cunningham,” Lt. Col. Simon Flake said on Wednesday. “As such, we are unable to provide further details at this time.”
Conservative outline National File first reported that Cunningham and Arlene Guzman Todd, a public relations exec, had exchanged sexually explicit text messages. The pair are believed to have discussed kissing and engaging in sexual activity with one another.
Guzman Todd confirmed rumors that they had had an affair following the release of even more text messages. The second round of leaked messages indicated that the two had engaged in sex in Cunningham’s family home. Guzman Todd was even reported to have naked photographs of the Democratic candidate and lieutenant colonel, and had told a friend in jest that she may send the photos to his opponent if he kept ignoring her.
Guzman Todd apologized for causing pain and embarrassment to her immediate family and everyone affected by their affair.
“A few months back, I displayed a lapse in judgment by engaging in a relationship with Cal Cunningham during a period of marital separation,” she told the Associated Press. “The relationship spanned several months and consisted primarily of a series of text exchanges and an in-person encounter.”
Cunningham also confirmed that the texts were real and that the affair did take place.
“I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry,” Cunningham explained. “The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do. I ask that my family’s privacy be respected in this personal matter.”
If Guzman Todd and Cunningham are already admitting it, the investigation by the Army Reserve is unlikely to last very long. The question for the Army Reserve, however, is whether or not it was a violation of their code of conduct if he was not on active duty at the time.
Reservists are on active duty two weeks every year, and one weekend a month.
As if the situation wasn’t already bad enough, though, Guzman Todd is married to a military veteran who was deployed to fight in the Army five times.