Progressive Veteran Group Silent on Cal Cunningham After Extramarital Affair Revelations

Vote Vets September Ad for Cunningham

Progressive veterans group VoteVets has stayed silent on Army Reserve Lt. Col. Cal Cunningham, a candidate it has endorsed for the U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina, after revelations last week he engaged in at least one extramarital affair.

Cunningham, a 47-year-old married father of two, has apologized for the affair, which was with a younger Army veteran’s wife, 36-year-old public relations executive Arlene Guzman Todd.

Breitbart News contacted the group on Thursday and Friday to inquire whether it still endorsed Cunningham but did not receive a response.

The group announced its endorsement of Cunningham, a military judge advocate general (JAG), with fanfare on June 19, 2019. The group said in a statement, “Cal is someone with a strong moral compass.”

The group enthusiastically promoted his campaign in February, announcing it was buying $1.56 million in campaign ads.

In March, the group congratulated him on his primary win, calling him “VoteVets-endorsed.”

In September, the group shelled out another $2.7 million in ads.

After the affair revelations, a fundraising event scheduled with Army combat veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was canceled, and Cunningham has largely avoided the press and speaking about the affair.

On Friday, Cunningham did his first press conference since the revelations. He was asked four times by four different local journalists if there were more women he had affairs with, and he declined to answer all four times.

An extramarital affair is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

The U.S. Army Reserve said Wednesday it is investigating the matter.

Cunningham is running against incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), in a race where Democrats hope to flip in their bid to regain control of the Senate in November.


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