Husband of Cal Cunningham’s mistress calls for Cunningham to quit senatorial race
An Army veteran, whose wife had an extra-marital affair with a Democrat Senate candidate in North Carolina, Cal Cunningham, called upon Cunningham to step down from the race, saying the candidate’s judgment is “misplaced” in a statement to the Raleigh News Observer.
“Mr. Cunningham chose to repeatedly engage in activities that would hurt his family and a fellow junior officer and veteran,” Jeremy Todd, a 19-year Army veteran said in the statement.
“If elected, I can only imagine how misplaced his judgment would be for the people he’s charged to represent,” Todd said. “I firmly believe Mr. Cunningham should drop out of the Senate race and ask that his behavior and actions be reviewed under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” added Todd, who hurt his back in a paratrooper proficiency jump.
Todd says that he has seen the text messages between Cunningham and his wife that first revealed the affair, and said some are fake and some area real, noting that he previously knew the Democrat candidate socially.
In addition to nude photos Cunningham sent to the woman, media reports say that Democrat candidate also made fun of Todd’s suicidal depression in some text messages.
The affair, Todd said, is real enough that Cunningham should subject himself to military investigation.
The Army is investigating the affair under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) as prejudicial to good order and discipline, which takes added significance since Todd was a junior officer and Cunningham is an Army attorney now holding the rank of Lt. Colonel.
“The Army Reserve is investigating the matters involving Lt. Col. James Cunningham. As such, we are unable to provide further details at this time,” Army Reserve Lt. Col. Simon Flake said in the statement according to the Fayetteville Observer.
Whatever else happens, Cunningham’s time in the Army is likely over.
“Even if the [investigation] does not result in charges being referred, and investigators find that Cunningham should face administrative punishment instead, ‘those are all career-enders,’” said Sean Timmons, a former Army captain who served four years as a judge advocate at Fort Hood, Texas, according to the News Observer.
Another Army attorney agreed.
“For officers, having an affair is an absolute career killer,” said Tod Leaven, an Army veteran and lawyer in Asheville according to the Fayetteville newspaper. “They totally enforce it, and everyone knows it.”
“Affairs are so sensitive, and people do really, really stupid stuff to try to hide an affair and that could just jeopardize a unit,” Leaven added.
Republican Sen. Tom Tillis, who is being challenged by the Democrat, said that Cunningham needs to be more forthcoming with information.
“Cal Cunningham is now under investigation by the U.S. Army Reserve. He owes North Carolinians a full explanation. The truth still matters in North Carolina, Cal,” tweeted Tillis.
A survey completed since the emergence of the text messages revealing the affair has Tillis up by one point on Cunningham in the Senate contest.
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