This past Sunday morning, the former partner of a Democrat congressman put the politician on blast in the wake of his attorney allegedly reaching out in an attempt to silence her about his bad behavior throughout their marriage.
As a professor and the director of the Black Education Research Center at Columbia University Teachers College, Sonya Douglass called out her ex-husband, one Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), for attempting to force her into silence in a devastating social media thread.
“I was just minding my business until Steven and his attorney demanded I sign an NDA that would ban me from speaking about my 22-year marriage, his 10-year affair, and our divorce FOREVER,” expressed Douglass. “It includes $10,000 fines for each remark or social post. Even to a therapist! Y’all!”
“I had no intention of posting anything and kept quiet the entire campaign,” she went on. “To think I would even want to mention his name is ridiculous. Who looks through the trash after you’ve taken it out? But I don’t respond well to bullying or intimidation so here we are.”
The pair originally got married back in 2000, and it is not entirely clear if they have legally been divorced. This past Saturday, Douglas issued a social media post stating that she would be finally released “from this never-ending nightmare” as soon as Horsford chooses to finally sign the divorce papers. Back in 2020, Horsford, who is attempting to secure another term representing areas of Las Vegas via the upcoming midterms, openly admitted to an almost ten-year-long extramarital affair with Gabriela Linder, who had previously been an intern for the late Democrat Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid.
Linder stated that Horsford “offered her financial support, introduced her to political connections and filmed a segment for her young son’s YouTube show using his congressional staff.” Horsford then admitted to paying off Linder with money from a company he was in control over.
As a member of the House Congressional Progressive Caucus, Horsford is slated to run against Republican challenger Sam Peters, a retired Air Force major and Bronze Star recipient. As of writing, current polls mark the race as “lean Democrat,” however, as Republicans build steam all over the country and a new “red wave” seems to be taking shape, the intensely worrying claim from Douglass hits at the worst possible time for Horsford.
Currently, the incumbent Governor Steve Sisolak is currently sitting behind Republican challenger Joe Lombardo and current Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who reports as a Democrat, is also behind in the polls against Adam Laxalt, the Republican challenger.
“The only thing Steven Horsford does well is lie,” expressed Peters’ campaign just before he went public.
Douglass alluded to a possible loss by Horsford via a different tweet that also stated that Horsford had been quite violent.
“And he’s already blaming me should he lose his race,” she stated. “Refuses to take responsibility for his own actions. He had hundreds of chances to do the right thing but he chose violence.”
Douglass ended the reveal by telling people that she is coping with extreme personal turmoil from her broken marriage.
“But through it all, I am stronger, wiser, and happier than I’ve ever been in my entire adult life,” she stated. “I pray my journey encourages others to trust God and accept nothing less than the peace, respect, and love we all deserve.”