Married Democrat Senate candidate Cal Cunningham admits calling campaign strategist, who is also married, ‘historically sexy’, asking to kiss her and begging to spend the night with her in a string of racy text messages

Cal Cunningham (right with his wife), the Democratic challenger in North Carolina’s closely contested U.S. Senate contest has admitted to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with campaign strategist Arlene Guzman Todd (left)

The Democratic challenger in North Carolina’s closely contested U.S. Senate contest has admitted to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a woman who is not his wife, but he said he will not drop out of the race.

Cal Cunningham apologized late Friday for the text message exchanges in which he tells the woman he wants to kiss her and she says she wants to spend the night with him. The messages were first reported by the website NationalFile.com.

‘I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry. The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do,’ Cunningham said in a statement.

Cunningham’s admission regarding the text messages could reshape a closely contested campaign that’s considered key to determining the power balance in the Senate. It came after his opponent, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, tested positive for COVID-19.

But Cunningham added that he’s not dropping out of the Senate race: ‘I will continue to work to earn the opportunity to fight for the people of our state.’

Screengrabs of the messages show Cunningham told public relations strategist Arlene Guzman Todd, ‘Would make my day to roll over and kiss you about now,’ to which she replies, ‘You’re so sweet. I would enjoy that.’

Another shows Guzman Todd – who is also married – tell Cunningham, ‘the only thing I want on my to do list is you,’ to which Cunningham replies, ‘Sounds so hot and so fun!’

The pair also plan for Cunningham to make up an excuse for his family and ditch a staffer so the two can meet and ‘kiss a lot.’

A spokeswoman for Cunningham’s campaign, Rachel Petri, confirmed the authenticity of the text messages.

It’s unclear when the messages were sent, but at one point Cunningham says he’s ‘Nervous about the next 100 days,’ which could be a reference to the Senate election. One hundred days before the election would be July 26.

An email trying to reach Guzman Todd at the communications firm that lists her as an employee wasn’t immediately returned Saturday morning.

Earlier Friday, Cunningham’s opponent, Republican Thom Tillis, announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 but said he has no symptoms.

Cunningham tweeted that he wished Tillis a ‘quick recovery’ and said he would get tested himself after the two men shared a debate stage Thursday night.

Lawyer Cunningham met his wife Elizabeth in 1997 and they have two teenage children.

He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and has served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Guzman’s husband is also a veteran, according to reports.

She serves as the media director of a marijuana public relations company and was previously a lecturer at California State University.

According to FEC records seen by the News and Observer, Guzman has donated $450 to Cunningham’s Senate campaign since April – donating $100 on April 2, $250 on April 28 and $100 on Sept. 29.

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SOURCE: AP, Mail Online