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    SHAMED Australia star Tim Paine is set to MISS the First Test of this winter's Ashes series against England following his sexting scandal. The Aussie wicketkeeper, 36, stepped down as captain last week after explicit texts sent to a female colleague were leaked. 2Tim Paine is set to miss at least the First Test of the Ashes after revealing he would be 'taking a leave of absence'Credit: Reuters And now Cricket Tasmania have revealed Paine is 'taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the forseeable future'. A statement read: "Following discussions over the last 24 hours, Tim Paine has advised Cricket Tasmania that he will be taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future. "Tim’s decision makes him unavailable for selection for today’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia. "His place in the squad will be taken by Charlie Wakim."Cricket Tasmania will continue to support Tim and his family both professionally and personally over the summer." While the statement didn't specifically mention international cricket, with the First Test of...
    TIM PAINE’S sister's husband reportedly sent X-rated pictures to the SAME woman as the Australian cricket star in a shocking twist to the sexting scandal. The Aussie QUIT as Test cricket captain over an explicit sexting scandal in the latest debacle surrounding the team. 2Tim Paine, pictured with wife Bonnie, quit as Australia’s captain last week over the sexting scandalCredit: Instagram @bon.paine 2Paine's brother-in-law, Shannon Tubb, allegedly sent lewd messages also to the same womanCredit: Facebook The decision came just 19 days before he was due to lead his country against England in the Ashes Down Under - although Paine is still set to be picked in the squad. Paine took over from shamed Steve Smith in 2018 when the former skipper was caught up in the ball-tampering controversy. But now he has resigned amid backlash over his conduct towards a then-colleague at Cricket Tasmania in November 2017, on the eve of the First Test of the Ashes series at the Gabba in Brisbane. Paine, now 36, sent an unsolicited picture of his penis to the woman along with a...
    Huma Abedin has opened up about why she stood by her husband Anthony Weiner's side in a press conference following his 2013 sexting scandal, saying she felt like she 'owed it' to him because she had 'encouraged him to run for office' again. Hillary Clinton's top aide, who is promoting her new memoir Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds, explained on Monday's episode of the Tamron Hall Show that she doesn't regret publicly supporting him amid his failed bid for New York City mayor.   'I just want to put a little bit in context because I think a lot of people look at my relationship with Anthony from a 2021 perspective,' Abedin, 45, said, noting they were just a year into their marriage when Weiner's first sexting scandal broke in 2011.  Candid: Huma Abedin opened up about standing by her husband Anthony Weiner's side after his 2013 sexting scandal during her appearance on Monday's episode of the Tamron Hall Show  United front: Weiner was running for New York City mayor when Abedin told reporters she forgave him for sending explicit photos and messages...
    Huma Abdedin has revealed she had to persuade Children's Services to let her keep her young son after her husband sent a selfie of himself with an erection while laying in bed next to their child.  Hillary Clinton's top aide recalled how in fall 2016 her husband Anthony Weiner walked into a room while their four year-old son Jordan slept next to her to tell her about an upcoming New York Post story, she says she knew would be 'really bad.' Abedin was bogged down with work trying to campaign with Clinton as Trump continued to rise when Weiner confessed that the Post had a scandalous photo of him that included their son. He had snapped himself with an erection visible under his boxers while sleeping next to Jordan. At first she assumed that the photo must be of the two out in public which he then sent to some woman, only to discover the grim truth hours later. 'I had given up on expecting him to respect the vows of our marriage, but our child’s image being shared felt more violent...
    Huma Abedin contemplated suicide at the height of the ‘sexting’ scandal that engulfed her now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner, Hillary Clinton’s former top aide has revealed in her new memoir. Abedin revealed that it was her Muslim faith that got her through the difficult ordeal after Weiner finished in fifth place in the New York City Democratic Party’s mayoral primary in September 2013. Weiner’s once-promising hopes of conquering City Hall were dashed after it was revealed during the campaign that he had been exchanging explicit messages online with women. 'You write that, for a brief second, you contemplated walking off the subway platform?' Norah O'Donnell of CBS Evening News asks Abedin. Abedin's memoir, Both/And, is due out in stores on Tuesday. Huma Abedin contemplated suicide at the height of the ‘sexting’ scandal that engulfed her now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner, Hillary Clinton’s former top aide has revealed in her new memoir Abedin revealed that it was her Muslim faith that got her through the difficult ordeal after Weiner finished in fifth place in the New York City Democratic Party’s mayoral primary...
    An Indiana woman who helped to end the political career of former New York congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has used her infamy to launch a porn career, and now promoting cryptocurrency designed for sex workers. Sydney Leathers, 31, said that her high profile following the 2013 scandal made porn an obvious choice. And she likened herself to Monica Lewinsky, who also found herself painted as the villain when she - unmarried, single, in her early 20s - became involved with a married man. 'That's obviously a super upsetting, a terrible experience, especially for a young woman, and especially in something that's like a sex scandal kind of thing, even though there was no sex involved,' Leathers told the website Business of Business. Sydney Leathers, 31, told the website Business of Business how she launched her porn career after the 2013 sexting scandal which brought down New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner Weiner, 56, is seen in May 2019 leaving a federal courthouse where the probation department is located. He visited his probation officer a day after leaving...
    THE woman whose X-rated relationship with Anthony Weiner secured his downfall has revealed in a new interview how she “capitalized” on the sexting scandal by doing porn. Sydney Leather claims that people already thought she was a “w****" after her raunchy texts with convicted sex offender Weiner torpedoed his 2013 New York City Mayoral run.  11Sydney Leather claims she 'capitalized' with porn after the sex scandalCredit: Instagram/Sydney Leathers 11She had an X-rated relationship with Anthony WeinerCredit: Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 11He had previously been outed for sending explicit photos to women Weiner was married to Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin at the time the sexts were revealed, coming only a year after a previous lewd photo led to his departure from Congress.   He messaged Indiana native Leather, then 22 years old, under the alias “Carlos Danger.”   Leathers, now 31, has since become a star in porn, performing on Pornhub and OnlyFans, while going to college and getting her degree.  “I felt like the societal stigma was already there in such a real way,” Leathers told...
    Sydney Leathers decided to "capitalize" on her role in the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal by doing porn because people already thought she was a "whore," she says in revealing new interview. "I felt like the societal stigma was already there in such a real way," Leathers told The Business of Business in an extensive Q&A. "And with it being my legal name, I just felt like it wasn’t much of a leap to then do porn. It was just like, ‘Oh, well, people already think I’m a whore." The now 31-year-old– whose X-rated online relationship with the married Weiner torpedoed his 2013 mayoral run– went on to find stardom in porn, performing on PornHub and OnlyFans. MADISON LECROY SAYS SHE'S 'EMBARRASSED' AFTER ACCIDENTALLY FLASHING INSTAGRAM LIVE Leathers' X-rated online relationship with the married Anthony Weiner torpedoed his 2013 mayoral run– went on to find stardom in porn, performing on PornHub and OnlyFans. (Vallery Jean/FilmMagic) She says doing porn was a natural step, considering her name. "I’m just blessed with a very porno sounding name," said Leathers, who now...
    You could call it returning to the scene of the crime. Anthony Weiner has rejoined the secret messaging app Confide, on which he had a months-long online sexting relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Users of the app – which allows people to communicate with messages encrypted for privacy that disappear right after they’re read and leave no digital trace – were shocked to see Carlos Danger is back in town. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR CALLS ON IL GOV TO SIGN NEW BILL INTO LAW AFTER SON WAS MURDERED It seems that if Weiner’s personal e-mail was already saved in a user’s contacts, said Confide user got a message last week: "New friend. Anthony Weiner joined Confide. Send Anthony a message now." That must have been a nice surprise for the Confide crew. In 2016, the Daily Mail reported Weiner, 56, carried on an affair with a girl online that consisted of sexually graphic messages sent over Confide and other apps. The minor said he asked her to dress up in "school girl" outfits and pressed her to engage in "rape fantasies."...
    CONVICTED sex offender Anthony Weiner is still testing social media fate.  The New York Post’s Page Six reports the disgraced Weiner has returned to old hand antics by using the cryptic messaging app Confide, one of the apps he used when he was caught sexting with a 15-year-old North Carolina high school student years ago. 6Convicted sex offender Anthony Weiner has reportedly rejoined the encrypted social media app ConfideCredit: Splash 6Weiner initially denied underage sexting that many suggest help lead to Hillary Clinton's defeat in her bid for the presidency in 2016 When reached by the publication if he had reestablished his presence on Confide, Weiner reportedly confirmed it.  “Yeah I got this,” he wrote in an email to Page Six, and described being prompted by Confide to view his unread messages. Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2017 to transferring explicit messages to an underage girl.  U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim wrote in a statement at his sentencing: "Anthony Weiner, a former Congressman and candidate for Mayor, asked a girl who he knew...
    Hillsong megachurch has responded to its most recent sex scandal. The Australia-based, multinational institution lost yet another pastor following revelations of infidelity this week. Darnell Barrett, the creative director of the church’s Montclair, New Jersey, chapter resigned on Tuesday after sharing explicit photos to his Instagram and sending a revealing selfie to a nonconsenting church volunteer.  “Hey! I think I might’ve added you to my close friends list by accident. I’m so sorry. Trying to figure out how the hell to edit it,” Barrett, 32, a married father of two, texted the volunteer after reportedly sending a lewd photo of himself in front of a mirror, wearing only white Nike Pro tights, the Daily Mail reported . Barrett also supposedly posted two photos from the underwear selfie shoot to his “close friends” Instagram Story in February.  Hillsong East Coast confirmed Friday in its response statement that Barrett resigned, and “Hillsong accepted his resignation and agreed that he could not continue as part of our team. We were disappointed to learn about choices he made that were unacceptable for any Hillsong...
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    James Charles has been accused of having sexual conversations with minors on social media. Brad Barket/Getty Images Beauty YouTuber James Charles has recently been embroiled in a major controversy. Numerous boys under the age of 18 have accused Charles of sexting them.  Insider poll data shows that his favorability has decreased to just 20% since the allegations emerged. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Beauty influencer James Charles has been embroiled in numerous controversies since he began his YouTube channel in 2015. Despite the very public scandals and feuds, he has amassed over 25.5 million subscribers on YouTube. But after numerous boys under the age of 18 said Charles sexted with them, Insider poll data shows that Charles has become less well-liked among people that knew him.Following the most recent allegations, James' favorability has decreasedSince February, numerous boys under the age of 18 have accused Charles of sexting with them. Charles responded on April 1 by posting a video titled "holding myself accountable," in which he admitted to having had conversations with minors that "shouldn't have happened."...
    James Charles recently apologized for messaging underage boys. Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images James Charles apologized for messaging teen boys in a video titled "holding myself accountable." He said he initially exchanged sexual messages with them because he was "desperate." Experts weighed in on the claim in conversations with Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Beauty influencer and YouTuber James Charles, 21, is currently facing allegations from multiple teens who have said he sent them sexual messages on social media when they were under the age of 18. The popular personality, who has 25 million YouTube subscribers and 36 million TikTok followers, addressed two of the accusations in a video posted on April 1 titled "holding myself accountable," in which he admitted to sending messages to the boys and apologized for his "reckless" behavior and the "power dynamic" at play. Charles said in the video that some of the boys lied about their age, but he also said that he was led to messaging them in the first place because he was "desperate." "It sucks and...
    James Charles attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019, in Newark, New Jersey. Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/WireImage James Charles is accused of sexting minors, and people have asked why police aren't involved. The beauty YouTuber acknowledged the conversations between himself and at least two minors. Emily D. Baker, a lawyer-turned-YouTuber, told Insider what she believes could happen legally. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Since May 2019, more than 15 men and boys have accused James Charles of sexual misconduct, ranging from allegations that the YouTube star solicited nude photos from minors to claims that he sexually harassed men in-person and through conversations on apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Many of the allegations surfaced in TikTok videos, and Insider has not been able to independently corroborate the claims. On April 1, Charles acknowledged that screenshots of two conversations with two boys who say they're 16 were authentic in a YouTube video called "holding myself accountable."  James Charles said he was being "reckless" when he interacted with fans on social media....
    James Charles attends the 96.3 Mega FM Calibash 2020 at Staples Center on January 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images Beauty YouTuber James Charles apologized Thursday to his 25.7 million subscribers. Charles, who is 21, said he had exchanged sexual messages with boys who say they're under the age of 18. Before his apology, accusations against Charles were widely shared and debated online. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Thursday, beauty YouTuber and makeup artist James Charles, who is 21, apologized in a video titled "holding myself accountable." Addressing his audience and boys who say they're underage that he "flirted" with, Charles said he was "reckless" when he messaged the boys who he said he thought were 18. The video was posted after weeks of online discussion around allegations that Charles sexted with minors, which have been supplemented with several "expose" TikToks posted by accusers that purport to show sexual Snapchats and direct messages sent between Charles and the teens. In his apology, Charles, who has more than 25 million YouTube...
    James Charles said he was being "reckless" when he interacted with fans on social media. Screenshot/YouTube James Charles posted a video addressing allegations that he sexted or flirted with minors. Clips from Charles' appearance on Logan Paul's podcast "Impaulsive" have been circulating online. In one clip, he says that he's "not physically attracted to older guys." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Thursday, beauty guru James Charles posted a video on YouTube addressing allegations that he had flirted and sexted with minors that had surfaced on social media over the past month. Charles admitted to communicating with the boys, who said they were minors, but claimed they lied about their ages. In light of the video, titled "holding myself accountable," a clip of Charles saying that he's "not physically attracted to older guys" on Logan Paul's podcast "Impaulsive" resurfaced on social media.  Multiple boys who said that they were under the age of 18 said that Charles, who is 21, had solicited nude photos from them or sent them explicit messages or photos. Charles had addressed...
    A House Republican who has mulled challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next year’s gubernatorial race “for months” compared him to disgraced lawmaker Anthony Weiner while discussing the newfound urgency of his 2022 run with The Post. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), whose district includes some of the Finger Lakes and the cities of Ithaca and Jamestown, equated both men’s treatment of colleagues and subordinates with the lack of support they received from fellow Democrats in their times of need while speaking to The Post in an interview Thursday. “[Cuomo’s] character, his ego, his arrogance, his intimidation, his governing by threat was not limited to Republicans, it was applied to Republican, Democrat or anybody — regardless of their party — who got in his way,” Reed began, noting how multiple lawmakers had accused the embattled governor of bullying or threatening them. Reed, who co-chairs the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, went on to say that “now what is happening reminds me of the Anthony Weiner situation that we lived through in Congress,” noting that like in the former House Democrat’s...
    More On: andrew cuomo State Senate’s top Dem says one more accuser and Cuomo’s done Anti-Cuomo Johnny-come-latelies and other commentary ‘Cuomo did it’: Majority believe Gov. sexually harassed aides after ‘apology’ Cuomo office ignored rules to reroute sex-harass complaint: report A House Republican who has mulled challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next year’s gubernatorial race “for months” compared him to disgraced lawmaker Anthony Weiner while discussing the newfound urgency of his 2022 run with The Post. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), whose district includes some of the Finger Lakes and the cities of Ithaca and Jamestown, equated both men’s treatment of colleagues and subordinates with the lack of support they received from fellow Democrats in their times of need while speaking to The Post in an interview Thursday. “[Cuomo’s] character, his ego, his arrogance, his intimidation, his governing by threat was not limited to Republicans, it was applied to Republican, Democrat or anybody — regardless of their party — who got in his way,” Reed began, noting how multiple lawmakers had accused the embattled governor of bullying or...
    More than a decade after Brett Favre was accused of sending inappropriate texts to a female game-day host with the Jets, the Mets fired GM Jared Porter on Tuesday morning due to another sexting scandal. Jennifer Decker, known as Jenn Sterger when she worked for the Jets, reacted on Twitter after the ESPN report first surfaced alleging Porter had sent explicit messages and photos to a female reporter in 2016. “This is why I go back & talk to sports media classes… about REAL issues,” Decker tweeted early Tuesday, a few hours before Mets owner Steve Cohen announced Porter’s firing. “To make sure they know they don’t have to suffer in silence. That together we are unstoppable & that WE belong here. They DESERVE the future I’m still fighting for, minus the pa in it took to get here.” Decker, who is married to former MLB player Cody Decker, claimed in 2010 that she had received lewd voicemails and texts from Favre during his one season with the Jets in 2008. Favre was fined $50,000 for “failure to cooperate”...
    More On: new york mets Jared Porter just the latest Met to have scandals surface after being hired How fired Mets GM’s disturbing sexts stayed hidden as he rose to power Mets fire GM over sexting scandal Mets must fire Jared Porter amid sexting scandal: Sherman Jared Porter’s firing Tuesday for sending lewd text messages to a reporter in 2016 left the Mets searching for a second general manager this offseason. Team president Sandy Alderson’s options for filling the spot could be limited, with less than a month before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training. A look at some possibilities: Zack Scott The former Red Sox executive was hired last month as Porter’s top lieutenant, overseeing analytics and systems. Scott was the runner-up for the job when Porter was hired. Scott began with the Red Sox in 2004 and was part of three World Series winners with Boston. John Ricco A mainstay in the organization for nearly two decades, Ricco was part of Sandy Alderson’s transition team and assisted in interviews to hire the GM....
    More On: jared porter Jared Porter just the latest Met to have scandals surface after being hired How fired Mets GM’s disturbing sexts stayed hidden as he rose to power Mets fire GM over sexting scandal Mets must fire Jared Porter amid sexting scandal: Sherman More than a decade after Brett Favre was accused of sending inappropriate texts to a female game-day host with the Jets, the Mets fired GM Jared Porter on Tuesday morning due to another sexting scandal. Jennifer Decker, known as Jenn Sterger when she worked for the Jets, reacted on Twitter after the ESPN report first surfaced alleging Porter had sent explicit messages and photos to a female reporter in 2016. “This is why I go back & talk to sports media classes… about REAL issues,” Decker tweeted early Tuesday morning, a few hours before Mets owner Steve Cohen announced Porter’s firing. “To make sure they know they don’t have to suffer in silence. That together we are unstoppable & that WE belong here. They DESERVE the future I’m still fighting for, minus the pain...
    The Mets fired GM Jared Porter on Monday morning after a sexting scandal was brought to light. “We have terminated Jared Porter this morning,” owner Steve Cohen tweeted. “In my initial press conference I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it. There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.” Porter, who was hired by Mets team president Sandy Alderson this offseason, sent the texts to a foreign female reporter in 2016 when he was running the Cubs scouting department. Filed under jared porter ,  new york mets ,  sandy alderson ,  steve cohen ,  1/19/21
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    REGISTERED sex-offender Anthony Weiner has denied his underage sexting scandal led to Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 presidential election. The disgraced former Congressman, 56, made illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl, which led to a FBI investigation in which agents found emails from Hillary Clinton's secret server. 5Sex-offender Anthony Weiner has denied his underage sexting scandal led to Hillary Clinton's defeat in 2016Credit: AP:Associated Press 5Mrs Clinton has said James Comey's letter to Congress eleven days before the election was a 'key factor' in her defeatCredit: Getty Images - Getty The investigation roiled Clinton's campaign because emails she had sent to her close aide and the congressman's now ex-wife Huma Abedin were found on a laptop that FBI agents had seized from Weiner. Just 11 days before the election, then FBI-director James Comey announced that they would be re-opening an investigation into the former First Lady's private email server citing the laptop. "When you lose the election by 40,000 votes, or whatever it is, people come up with a lot of reasons that they think Trump...
    Anthony Weiner has emerged just two weeks before the election to deny his underage sexting scandal led Hillary Clinton to lose the 2016 presidential race and helped put Donald Trump in office. The 56-year-old former Congressman and registered sex offender saw his career unravel in August 2016 when DailyMail.com revealed Weiner had been sexting a 15-year-old girl, which led to an FBI probe in which agents found e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s secret server.   Then just 11 days before the 2016 election then-FBI director James Comey notified Congress they were re-opening an investigation into Clinton’s storage of classified information on a private e-mail server citing Weiner’s laptop. President Donald Trump said Hunter Biden's 'lap top from hell', that purportedly implicates Joe Biden in his son's overseas deals, reminded him of Weiner’s infamous computer that cast Hillary Clinton and her aide, Huma Abedin, who is Weiner's wife under scrutiny. 'When you lose the election by 40,000 votes, or whatever it is, people come up with a lot of reasons that they think that Trump was elected,' Weiner said in a new interview with...
    The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska resigned Tuesday night after admitting to an “inappropriate messaging relationship” with a local reporter. Ethan Berkowitz’s chief of staff announced the resignation at an Anchorage Assembly meeting, KTUU reported. “It is with profound sadness and humility that I resign as the mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage,” Chief of Staff Jason Bockenstedt said, reading the statement. Berkowitz on Monday said he had a “consensual” but “inappropriate” relationship with Maria Athens, an anchor for the local Fox and ABC affiliated news stations, several years ago. Athens on Friday posted a video to her professional Facebook page alleging Berkowitz uploaded an illicit photo of himself to “an underage girls website.” She later posted to the page a nude image purporting to be Berkowitz. Berkowitz denied Athens’ claims “slanderous” and “categorically false” in a statement released Friday. Athens had found herself in her own legal trouble Friday, when she was arrested at work later in the day for allegedly punching a station manager with whom she was romantically involved, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Filed under alaska...
    North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham on Friday dodged questions about the sexting scandal that has upended his campaign in the final weeks before the election. Cunningham held his first news conference, on COVID-19 relief, since it emerged that he had exchanged intimate texts with a California strategist. Both are married. SEE THE TEXTS: INSIDE THE CAL CUNNINGHAM MESSAGES THAT LED TO AFFAIR SCANDAL Cunningham repeatedly dodged questions about whether he had been involved with more women.  “Let me be very clear, I'm hearing from North Carolinians that are telling me in no uncertain terms that they want their Senate candidate talking about the issues like those that we’re talking about right here today,” he said in response to one question about whether there were more women.  "I have taken responsibility for the hurt that I've caused in my personal life. I've apologized for it," he said, according to WRAL. "This campaign is about more than just me. ... North Carolinians are looking for somebody who's going to take on the monumental challenges in front of us." Reporters on the...
    Thursday, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Bill Hemmer Reports,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who is locked in a tough reelection bid with Democratic senatorial nominee Cal Cunningham, called on Cunningham to offer a “fuller explanation” than he has provided for reports of an affair and a possible second affair, details of which were made public last week. “Your opponent, Cal Cunningham, last night went out and apologized for recent behavior,” host Bill Hemmer said. “And you, in fact, in the last 24 hours called on him to explain that. In your view, was it satisfactory, the apology he made last night to the people of North Carolina and his own family?” “Well, I don’t think that it is,” Tillis replied. “I think he needs a fuller explanation. But more important than that, Bill, his entire campaign has been premised on the concept that the truth matters – duty and honor. He’s an officer in the Army that’s now being investigated. He had an affair with a combat veteran. His hypocrisy is really what we’re talking about here. I...
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will stand by North Carolina Senate candidate Cal Cunningham despite a sexting scandal which caused him to apologize for an extramarital affair with a combat veteran’s wife. The DSCC spent another $3 million dollars Wednesday on ad-buys for Cunningham’s race against Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, Fox News reported. The DSCC’s help came the same day Cunningham addressed the affair, saying he is going to stay focused on the race and work the issue out with his family. “North Carolinians are supporting Cal because he will protect health care coverage for pre-existing conditions, bring down the costs of prescription drugs and focus on providing relief to those impacted by this pandemic,” DSCC spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua told Fox News on Thursday. WATCH:  Cunningham reportedly had an in-person affair with California public relations strategist Arlene Guzman Todd. A number of sexual text messages between Cunningham and Todd were revealed in late September, to which Cunningham has since admitted to and apologized for. (RELATED: North Carolina Senate Candidate Cal Cunningham Had In-Person Affair, Texts Reportedly Show)...
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will stick with embattled North Carolina candidate Cal Cunningham after he apologized for his extramarital affair with a military wife. ARMY RESERVE INVESTIGATING NC'S CUNNINGHAM AFTER STEAMY TEXT MESSAGES SURFACE "North Carolinians are supporting Cal because he will protect health care coverage for pre-existing conditions, bring down the costs of prescription drugs and focus on providing relief to those impacted by this pandemic," DSCC spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua told Fox News on Thursday. Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham speaks during a televised debate with U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool) The DSCC confirmed to Fox News that it added an additional $3 million Wednesday to its ad buy for the final two weeks of Cunningham's bid against Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. Advertising Analytics, a top ad tracking firm, reports that the DSCC is now set to spend nearly $21 million in the state. CAL CUNNINGHAM'S SEXTING SCANDAL AMID NC SENATE RACE THREATENS HIS BID: ANALYST "Nothing can erase Senator Tillis’ failed record of working to overturn the Affordable...
    Sen. Thom Tillis’s campaign began airing a political attack ad Thursday morning related to a sexting scandal against his embattled Democratic opponent, Cal Cunningham. In a Thursday morning tweet, Tillis attached video of the new ad and wrote, “Chuck Schumer has spent over $80 million trying to paint one picture of Cal Cunningham, but North Carolinians are now realizing it was all one big lie and that Cunningham's candidacy is riddled with hypocrisy.” Chuck Schumer has spent over $80 million trying to paint one picture of Cal Cunningham, but North Carolinians are now realizing it was all one big lie and that Cunningham's candidacy is riddled with hypocrisy.Watch our new ad here -> pic.twitter.com/JImz4lcgAe— Thom Tillis (@ThomTillis) October 8, 2020 Using a montage of local North Carolina newscasters who covered the story of Cunningham’s sexual text messaging with a woman who is not his wife and is married to a combat veteran, the Tillis campaign splices the news reports together to eventually conclude that Cunningham, an officer in the Army Reserve, is currently under investigation by the military for...
    James “Cal” Cunningham, the Democrat challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina, issued an apology Wednesday night over an alleged affair and sexting scandal that came to light as the state’s residents prepare to vote. “I am deeply sorry for the hurt that I have caused in my personal life and I also apologize to all of you,” Cunningham said in a statement that was live-streamed during a previously scheduled awards event. “I hope all of you watching at home will accept this sincere apology and that we will continue to work together to change the direction of our country and strengthen our state.” Cunningham’s video statement marked his first public appearance since a married California woman claimed she had an affair with the married candidate, a father of two children, and sexual messages between them were published, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported. ARMY RESERVE INVESTIGATING NC'S CUNNINGHAM AFTER STEAMY TEXT MESSAGES SURFACE: REPORT The candidate’s remarks, posted on Facebook, included his assertion that the accusations against him were an attempt by the Tillis campaign...
    The Army Reserve has launched an investigation into North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham, who is caught up in a sexting scandal with a woman who is not his wife. Cunningham, who is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, has been accused of sending steamy messages as recently as July to Arlene Guzman Todd, a California consultant married to another soldier, the Charlotte News & Observer reported. see also Married Senate candidate caught up in sexting scandal North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham confirmed he sexted... “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 Command said in a statement. Extramarital affairs are a violation of military code, the outlet reported. Cunningham said he will comply with the investigation as he continues his campaign against Senator Thom Tillis. “Cal will participate in this process, but it does not change the stakes of this election or the need for new leaders who will fight for the issues North...
    North Carolina Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham is in hot water -- and his onetime lead over Republican Sen. Thom Tillis now in jeopardy -- after revelations of steamy text messages with a woman who is not his wife and evidence the affair was more serious, according to an elections policy analyst. "I think the timing of the affair is more damaging to Cunningham than the physicality of it," Jackson said. "To do something like this in July, after he secured his party’s nomination last March, suggests an arrogance and a lack of sound judgment that is more likely to give potential supporters pause than if this is something that had happened a couple of years ago." CAL CUNNINGHAM OWES VOTERS THOROUGH EXPLANATION AFTER SEXTING SCANDAL: SEN. TILLIS Cunningham's team said Tuesday that he will stay in the U.S. Senate race, but the married father of two couldn't withdraw even if he wanted to because of North Carolina law, Jackson said. Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, left, and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. talk during a televised debate Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool) ...
    Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) leads North Carolina Senate Democrat candidate Cal Cunningham, according to a poll released Tuesday. An East Carolina University (ECU) poll found Tillis leads Cunningham by one point or 46 to 45 percent, and six percent of voters remain undecided. This represents a rise in support for Tillis, as the last ECU survey had Cunningham and Tillis tied at 44 percent. The poll was conducted after the National File released a report which found that Cunningham was sending lurid text messages to Alrene Guzan Todd, a public relations strategist from California. Cunningham has a wife and two children. A Monday report from the National File alleged that Cunningham engaged in an illicit affair with an unidentified second woman, citing criminal justice lawyer Erin Brinkman, reportedly a close friend of the woman. The Cunningham sexting scandal has shaken the North Carolina Senate race. Cunningham canceled a town hall appearance on Monday. North Carolina GOP press secretary Tim Wigginton said in a statement on Monday, “Cal Cunningham has been dodging the media since Friday and is now avoiding the people...
    North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis slammed his Democratic opponent Cal Cunningham Tuesday for not telling the entire story about his sexual messages to a woman who is married to a combat veteran and the possibility Cunningham's actions could warrant military disciplinary procedures against Cunningham. Cunningham, a former North Carolina state senator and Army reservist officer, exchanged explicit text messages with Arlene Guzman Todd, a Los Angeles public relations executive. The North Carolina Democrat, who is married with two children, apologized on Saturday and stated he had no plans to drop out of the race. However, Tillis, who is lagging behind Cunningham by 6 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average, said his opponent should be held accountable. “Cal is trying to finesse it as an errant text. But we now have a second report. And I think Cal owes the people of North Carolina a full explanation. On the debate stage last week, Cal said it's about integrity, and I agree,” Tillis said on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. He continued, “His family should be kept private. He's got teenage...
    North Carolina Democrat Senate candidate Cal Cunningham canceled a town hall appearance on Monday after reports revealed he was sending suggestive messages to a woman other than his wife. WUNC host Jeff Tiberii, who was to moderate the town hall in North Carolina on Monday, wrote, “A U.S. Senate town hall scheduled for Monday afternoon is off. Unfortunately @CalforNC has backed out. Organizers will try to reschedule.” Cunningham admitted to sending lurid text messages to Arlene Guzman Todd, a public relations strategist from California. Cunningham has a wife and two children. “I’m disappointed for the organizers who worked hard to put this together; also that we will not hear from Cunningham about sexually suggestive texts he sent to a woman (not his wife, nor mother of his children),” Tiberii said. “Fascinated to see when he publicly addresses this,” he wrote. I’m disappointed for the organizers who worked hard to put this together; also that we will not hear from Cunningham about sexually suggestive texts he sent to a woman (not his wife, nor mother of his children). Fascinated to see...
    (CNN)The fight for the Senate majority this fall has huge implications -- from which judges wind up on the Supreme Court (and lower courts) to whether the next president can hope to get his agenda through Congress. Those high stakes make the fact that the majority could well come down to a late-breaking sexting scandal in North Carolina all the more amazing.Here's what we know: Former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, a Democrat, has admitted to sending romantic texts to a woman who is not his wife. "I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry," Cunningham said in a statement to CNN. "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."Cunningham's campaign insists that he will stay in the race against Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, although he did back out of a town hall scheduled for Monday night. (Tillis was not scheduled to appear.)The messages are far from tawdry -- they read like 1950s letters -- but the very fact...
    The super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is airing a new, hard-hitting television advertisement in North Carolina that spotlights revelations of Democrat Cal Cunningham's extramarital affairs. Cunningham has led Republican Sen. Thom Tillis in public polling for months despite North Carolina's tendency to support GOP candidates in federal statewide contests. Republicans believed they caught a break when Cunningham acknowledged an inappropriate relationship with a woman who is not his wife, and Senate Leadership Fund is trying to exploit it with millions of dollars in television ads. "Politician Cal Cunningham hid the extramarital affair for months," the ad's voice-over says, alongside clips of news reports that the Democrat, a military veteran and married father of two children, was exchanging salacious text messages with a married woman. "But Cunningham got caught sending sexually explicit messages to a woman who is not his wife. Cal Cunningham: What else is he hiding?" Senate Leadership Fund announced Tuesday that this 30-second spot was being inserted into its weekly rotation of television ads in North Carolina. The super PAC previously booked $4...
    North Carolina Senate candidate Cal Cunningham has stayed under the radar since news broke that he exchanged sexual text messages with a married woman. The story appears to have hamstrung Cunningham's campaign both online and on the campaign trail. Cunningham, a former state senator who is married with two children, is running against Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who is quarantining after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Tillis is behind Cunningham in the polls by 6 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average. The Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling shows the sexting scandal has not affected the race much, with less than one month until Election Day. Early voting begins on Oct. 15 in North Carolina. After the story about Cunningham’s sexual messages with Arlene Guzman Todd, a Los Angeles public relations executive, broke on Friday, the Democrat apologized on Saturday and declared he had no plans to drop out of the race. On Monday, he canceled a previously scheduled appearance at a town hall moderated by Jeff Tiberii, the capitol bureau chief at WUNC. His campaign stopped running...
    Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham bailed on a North Carolina town hall with his opponent after being accused of sexting the wife of a veteran. Cunningham — who is married — bailed on the town hall shortly after reports that he exchanged sexual text messages with the woman. WUNC host Jeff Tiberii, who was set to serve as moderator for the town hall, tweeted on Monday, “A U.S. Senate town hall scheduled for Monday afternoon is off. Unfortunately @CalforNC has backed out. Organizers will try to reschedule.” “I’m disappointed for the organizers who worked hard to put this together; also that we will not hear from Cunningham about sexually suggestive texts he sent to a woman (not his wife, nor mother of his children),” Tiberii added. “Fascinated to see when he publicly addresses this.” A U.S. Senate town hall scheduled for Monday afternoon is off. Unfortunately @CalforNC has backed out. Organizers will try to reschedule. #ncpol #ncsen — Jeff Tiberii (@j_tibs) October 5, 2020 I’m disappointed for the organizers who worked hard to put this together; also that...
    Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said his Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham owes voters a "full and thorough" explanation after Cunningham admitted to sexting with a woman who is not his wife and asked for "privacy" for his family. "Cal is trying to finesse it as an errant text, but we now have a second report," Tillis told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. "Cal owes the people of North Carolina a full explanation. On the debate stage last week, Cal said it's about integrity and I agree. His family should be kept private, he's got teenage children but Cal owes North Carolinians, all of the voters a full and thorough explanation." NORTH CAROLINA RACE IN 'CHAOS' AFTER CUNNINGHAM SEXTING SCANDAL, TILLIS CORONAVIRUS DIAGNOSIS "He is an officer in the military," Tillis added. "He's also subject to disciplinary action just on the basis of what he's admitted to." Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, left, and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. talk during a televised debate Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool) All eyes are on Cunningham after he pulled out of a town...
    Cal Cunningham, the North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate, canceled a previously scheduled town hall, just days after confirming reports he exchanged sexual text messages with the wife of a combat veteran. Cunningham, a former state senator who is married with two children, is challenging Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and is leading the GOP incumbent by 6 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average. However, the race took another turn late last week after the Democrat over the weekend apologized for exchanging sexually explicit text messages with Arlene Guzman Todd, a Los Angeles public relations executive. Jeff Tiberii, the capitol bureau chief at WUNC and the host of the WUNC Politics podcast, was slated to moderate a town hall on Monday in which Cunningham was scheduled to appear, but Tiberi instead tweeted to announce the cancellation this afternoon: I’m disappointed for the organizers who worked hard to put this together; also that we will not hear from Cunningham about sexually suggestive texts he sent to a woman (not his wife, nor mother of his...
    Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is slamming the Democratic Senate candidate — in North Carolina. Ernst, first elected to the Senate in 2014 and seeking a second term in November, on Monday took the unusual step of attacking a Democratic candidate in another state's Senate race. She tried to link her Iowa Democratic rival, Theresa Greenfield, to Cal Cunningham, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina, who is also locked in a tight race. Cunningham over the weekend apologized for exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a married woman, Los Angeles public relations executive Arlene Guzman Todd. Cunningham is an officer in the Army Reserve and is married with two children, and Guzman is married to a military veteran. Cunningham, a former state senator, admitted he sent the texts and released a statement late Friday. “I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry," Cunningham said. "The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do.” Cunningham is in a close race against Republican Sen. Thom Tillis. One of three Republican...
    Cal Cunningham, the Democratic Senate candidate from North Carolina who admitted to engaging in romantic texts with a woman who is not his wife, won’t drop out of the race. "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," he said in a press release issued Friday. The Senate hopeful added, "I remain grateful and humbled by the ongoing support that North Carolinians have extended in this campaign, and in the remaining weeks before this election, I will continue to work to earn the opportunity to fight for the people of our state." In the text messages, revealed by the website NationalFile.com, Cunningham tells the woman, Arlene Guzman Todd, he wants to kiss her and she says she wants to spend the night with him. Cunningham is married with two teenage children. The North Carolina senate race has been upended by the sexting scandal and Sen. Thom Tillis’ positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Tillis, a Republican, has been in office since 2015. Cunningham has leaned...
    The critical and expensive Senate race in North Carolina, central to determining which party controls the upper chamber, was thrown into uncertainty this weekend. Within the span of just a few hours on Friday, Republican incumbent Thom Tillis announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, while his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, acknowledged and apologized for exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a woman who is not his wife. BIDEN CAMPAIGNING ON 'RETURN TO NORMMALCY' BUT SOME DEMS EYING RADICAL CHANGES TO POLITICAL SYSTEM IF THEY WIN Tillis has “mild symptoms,” a spokesperson said Saturday, and the diagnosis forced the first-term senator to cancel in-person events with just one month until the election. He is one of several Republican officials to contract the virus in recent days, including President Trump and Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Mike Lee, R-Utah. “It’s chaos – it’s really what I see it is,” David McLennan, a political science professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, said Saturday. Cunningham, who has led in polls throughout the summer and raked in a record-setting $28.3 million in donations over the past three months, apologized...
    North Carolina Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham, a married man with two children, has been caught sending lurid texts to Arlene Guzman Todd, a public relations strategist from California. The Cunningham campaign has confirmed the sexual texts are authentic. The scandal was first reported by the National File. What we have here is a sordid mix of John Edwards and Anthony Weiner. “Would make my day to roll over and kiss you about now,” said one text message from the married Democrat. In a text to him, Guzman wrote, “I have flexibility this month — done with school, training, big RFPs, etc. So the only thing I want on my to do list is you.” “Sounds so hot and fun” was his reply. “When can I see you? I want to kiss you,” she wrote in a separate text. “And I kiss back. A lot,” he responded. The date of the texts have not been substantiated, but one of his texts reads, “Nervous about the next 100 days,” which is probably about the upcoming election, which would mean the texts...
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