A political scandal involving an extramarital affair is as old as the government. However, this time the jilted wife is getting public revenge.
Rep. Steven Horsford is running for re-election even after announcing his extramarital affair, Breitbart reported. The Nevada Democrat had a “long-standing affair” with an intern from the office of former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV).
Horsford had copped to the affair with Gabriela Linder in 2020 and asked for privacy at the time. He and his wife, Sonya Douglass, have three children together, but Horsford was carrying on the affair since 2009 when she was 21 and he 36.
Far from being ashamed of this affair, Horsford and Linder have spoken out about their relationship. The pair have a podcast series called “Mistress for Congress” and have released screenshots of messages between them.
Now with his re-election coming up, Douglass took to Twitter over the weekend to speak out about the affair. “I have remained silent for nearly two years and want it to be clear that I am not enjoying the pain that my children and I continue to suffer,” his wife tweeted in a long thread.
“@StevenHorsford told me the day after Mother’s Day about his 10-year affair AFTER already speaking to his staff and attorneys,” she said. “And that he would choose to file for re-election and force us to endure yet another season of living through the sordid details of the #horsfordaffair with #mistressforcongress rather than granting us the time and space to heal as a family,” Douglass charged.
“We did not ask to be put in public life and were simply supporting @StevenHorsford because that’s what we understood family to be and do,” Douglass wrote, apparently hoping to bow out gracefully from the public discussion. “We just want to heal and live the amazing lives we’ve been destined to live, free of lies, manipulation, and unbridled ambition.”
Politicians think there are different rules for them and act accordingly regardless of the consequences. However, at the heart of this is a man who has allegedly split up his own family for the sake of a younger woman.