Professor: Voters forgiving if candidates come clean about affairs
Meredith College political science professor David McLennan offers observations about the sex scandal engulfing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham.
these air. The text messages between Arlene Guzman taught a California PR strategist and her friend one message saying Quote, I just want to blank him one last time and break his heart, another saying quote, trying to make plans to see the politicians so I could give him the blank of his life and then walk away. In a statement to The Associated Press, Guzman taught, apologized for the pain and embarrassment and disrespect she caused her immediate family, loved ones and everyone affected by the situation, saying quote. A few months back, I displayed a lapse in judgment by engaging in a relationship with Cal Cunningham during a period of marital separation. Guzman Tha told the AP that during the relationship, she met the candidate in person twice once in March, in L. A and again in July in North Carolina. Her messages indicate they had sex at his house, and she complains to her friend about Cunningham, later ghosting her. In a WRL interview today, Thom Tillis, the Republican Senate candidate and incumbent, talked about the allegations. Well, I'm sad for his wife and his teenage Children, Cal Cunningham, most everybody. An explanation for, uh to revelations over the past week. I think North Carolinians deserve it. He needs to stop canceling media events and campaign events, go before the people of North Carolina and give us all a thorough explanation. Governor Roy Cooper also briefly speaking on this topic. Do you still support Cal Cunningham? Yes, I do. So what does this mean for the race? Ah, political experts says both parties air so locked in tow, winning the seat that it may not be the end of Cunningham's campaign voters air fairly forgiving if you just tell them the truth. And so I think that's what his campaign and he are considering right now is you know what he put his family through some difficult times by talking about the affair honestly and asking for public goodness.