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Dr Sonya Douglass, wife of Democratic Representative Steven Horsford, publicly slammed her husband on Sunday after learning he would run for re-election despite his decade-long affair.
Horsford – a married man with three children who represents Nevada 4th congressional district – previously admitted to the affair after a former intern of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revealed she was “Love Jones,” the focus of a podcast series called “Mistress for congress”. Douglass said on social media she was upset with her husband’s decision to run for re-election despite the scandal, and warned Horsford and the media to leave her and her children alone in the upcoming race. .
“I have been silent for almost two years and want to make it clear that I am not profiting from the pain that my children and I have continued to suffer ever since. [Rep. Steven Horsford] told me the day after Mother’s Day about her 10-year affair AFTER I had already spoken to her staff and lawyers,” Douglass said of her husband. And that he would choose to run for re-election and force us to endure yet another season of living through the sordid details of the [affair] with [his mistress] rather than allowing us the time and space to heal as a family.”
NEVADA HORSFORD DEMOCRAT ADMITS AFFAIR WITH FORMER REID INTERN KNOWN AS ‘LOVE JONES’
“We didn’t ask to be put in public life and we were just supporting [Horsford] because that’s what we understood family was and did,” she added. “We just want to heal and live the amazing lives we were meant to live, without lies, manipulation and unbridled ambition. .”
“It’s true that I had a previous relationship outside of my marriage, over several years,” Horsford said in 2020, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I am deeply sorry to everyone affected by this very bad decision, especially my wife and my family. Out of concern for my family during this difficult time, I ask that our privacy be respected.”
Love Jones’ real name is Gabriela Linder, and she told the Review-Journal that she and the congresswoman had an on-and-off sexual relationship between 2009 and 2019 — Horsford married his wife in 2000.
When they first met, she was 21 and Horsford was the 36-year-old Nevada State Senate Majority Leader. She said she wanted her story to be a warning to other young women about relationships with older men in positions of power.
“He knew how much I was in love with him, and he knew what he could do and get away with it,” she told the newspaper. “He knows I would support him. He never told me to shut up. He didn’t have to. He knew I was loyal to a fault.”
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Linder never worked for Horsford, but said on his podcast that he had provided job referrals and “financial support” over the years, the newspaper reported.
She added that she had no knowledge that Horsford ever abused campaign funds or money from her state Senate or congressional offices to pay anything for her.
On April Fool’s Day, Horsford appeared on a YouTube program hosted by Linder’s young son, but the woman told the newspaper that Horsford was not the boy’s father. Linder and Horsford stopped talking after the YouTube show, although the reason is unclear, according to the report.
She said she started the podcast series as “an empowering journey” away from the relationship and is also writing a book about their time together. She also claims no one offered her any money to produce the podcast and she was not enticed by any of Horsford’s opponents as he seeks re-election.
Linder told the newspaper she thinks Horsford should drop out of the race for presenting himself to voters as “a family man and a man of God.”
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.
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