Democrats are fighting tooth and nail to take control of the U.S. Senate come November 3, so it stands to reason that every possible endorsement and advantage that they can muster is critically important.
Unfortunately for Democrat Cal Cunningham, his battle to win a North Carolina Senate seat just became increasingly more difficult after two major Democrat-friendly newspapers refused to endorse him, marking the first time since 1998 that it has happened to a Senate Democrat candidate in that state.
According to Breitbart, Cunningham was on the cusp of snagging a powerful political endorsement from The Charlotte Observer, one of North Carolina’s most influential newspapers.
At the last minute, the newspaper changed its mind, citing Cunningham’s lack of transparency and seeming refusal to take questions about a recently confirmed affair with California public relations strategist Arlene Guzman Todd as their reason for jumping off the Cunningham election train.
The Charlotte Observer penned a joint editorial with the Raleigh News & Observer — another North Carolina newspaper that decided against an endorsement — making crystal clear their reasons for essentially leaving him to the wolves.
“His [Cunningham’s] lack of judgment during a race that could swing the balance of power in Washington, as well as his selfishness in taking this risk, should deeply trouble North Carolinians,” the papers wrote.
“But in these past two weeks, he’s avoided questions about his behavior — whether it’s part of a pattern, how it conflicts with his military obligations, and if it involved any campaign funds. That’s not accountability. It’s political strategy.”
Cunningham’s hide-in-the-basement strategy is reminiscent of former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign, in which dodging the press means fewer chances at saying something that they believe could be harmful to their campaigns.
Biden seems to get a perpetual pass for dodging his friends in the mainstream media. However, for Cunningham, it appears as if the fallout from his silence on a matter that voters deserve to hear about has already caused irreparable damage.