A South Carolina congressman has left his wife after multiple alleged affairs – despite declaring himself a ‘family values’ candidate who backs ‘traditional marriage.’
Jeff Duncan’s alleged dalliances were revealed by his wife of 25 years and mother of his three children, Melody Duncan, as she filed for divorce from the GOP lawmaker in a Laurens County courthouse on Friday.
The filing alleged that Duncan, an outspoken Republican who claims on his congressional page that he is ‘a strong advocate for life and traditional family values’, carried out one of the affairs with a DC lobbyist, named as Liz Williams in the document. Duncan is now believed to be living with Williams.
Duncan’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment when contacted by DailyMail.com.
The alleged adultery comes just weeks after Governor of North Dakota Kristi Noem, another hardline Republican who was even floated as a potential running mate for Donald Trump, was caught in exclusive reporting by DailyMail.com allegedly cheating on her husband with Trump advisor Corey Lewandoswki.
Congressman Jeff Duncan claims to be a champion of ‘traditional family values’. He is pictured alongside his wife Melody, who filed for divorce on Friday alleging he has carried out multiple affairs behind her back
Duncan celebrated the birth of his first grandchild in February, posing beside his wife Melody before making a speech in the House of Representatives over his ‘excitement’ at the addition to his family
According to Friday’s filing, Duncan made no secret of his affair with Williams in Washington social circles, and his wife believes he may have even quietly moved in with her.
‘(Duncan) has admitted to (Melody) that he has an ongoing sexual relationship,’ with Willaims, the filing claims.
The shocking court statement added that the GOP lawmaker further admitted to the ‘adulterous relationship to many other people, including the parties’ sons and members of his staff.’
In one instance alleged by Melody, it was claimed that as recently as August 28 Duncan was touting his ‘loving’ marriage to his wife when he hosted conservative fundraiser ‘Faith and Freedom BBQ.’
Just a day later, however, the filing claims he ‘went directly to the home of his paramour, Liz Williams… where (Melody) is informed and believes he continues to reside.’
Just four months before, Duncan celebrated the birth of his first grandchild, posing next to Melody as he cradled the child before making a fawning speech in the House of Representatives about the addition to his family.
Duncan is pictured earlier this year announcing the birth of his first grandchild in the House of Representatives
Duncan has become known as a hardline Republican in his 12 years as a congressman. He is pictured posing with an Ivermectin can as he arrives at the Capitol in February 2022
‘(Melody) is informed and believes that (Duncan’s) extramarital relationship(s) is/are widely known in political circles of South Carolina and Washington D.C,’ the document adds.
Duncan’s facade as a ‘family values’ Republican was also noted in the divorce, where Melody claims he has worked up a narrative that his marriage was cold and loveless to ‘justify the hypocrisy of his public statements and private actions.’
He has opposed same-sex marriage – despite reportedly flouting his own ‘sacred’ vows on numerous occasions.
Alongside his affair with Williams, Duncan also carried out ‘an extramarital relationship with at least one other woman’, per the court documents.
Her divorce proceedings are seeking alimony payments, and exclusive possession and use of their marital home and their home in Montana.
Duncan (pictured praying on the floor of the Republican National Convention) has made faith a central part of his political identity
She is also requesting Duncan be solely responsible for any of their debts, medical expenses, attorney and legal fees, and maintenance of hers and their children’s health insurance.
Duncan has served South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District since 2011 and is up for re-election next year.
In his time in the House, he has become an outspoken conservative who’s Faith and Freedom BBQ noted in his divorce filing has grown to become a key fundraiser and speech opportunity for Republican leaders.
In 2021, the keynote address was given by Noem, with Duncan saying at the time he offered the opportunity to boost her national profile as a future GOP leader.
But just weeks before his own alleged scandal, Noem saw her reputation as a staunch ‘family values’ Republican devastated by allegations she had been carrying out a years-long affair with Lewandowski, as exclusively reported by DailyMail.com.
Married South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, 51, and ex-Trump advisor Corey Lewandowski (pictured in Ohio in 2020) have been engaging in a years-long romance, despite both being married, DailyMail.com can reveal
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has been married to her husband, Bryon Noem since 1992. Lewandowski, meanwhile, has been married to 9/11 widow Alison, since 2005, and has four children with her
Noem was often floated as a vice-presidential candidate for Donald Trump if he secures the Republican 2024 nomination, and, like Duncan, had spent years stressing her belief in ‘family values.’
She is another Republican who’s opposed same-sex marriage because she believes marriage is between a man and a woman – despite letting another man into her bed behind her husband’s back.
But her chances of joining Trump’s ticket took a major hit as it was revealed that she had been carrying out the years-long affair.
She rose to prominence as her state’s only member of the House of Representatives for four terms, before winning the governorship in 2018 promising to uphold the wholesome family values that she said South Dakotans have ‘long embraced’.
Defending ‘traditional marriage’, which she defined as ‘a special, God-given union between one man and one woman’, was particularly important to her.