After being fired for weeks in his own party, Representative Madison Cawthorn narrowly lost the main race Tuesday night to the State Senator Chuck Edwards.
Although Cawthorn won the North Carolina county general election by more than 12 points in 2020, retaining the Republican ticket in 2022 has become a struggle as scandals unfold. . Tom Tillis, a junior senator from North Carolina, began pushing for Cawthorn’s removal in March after the freshman congressman claimed on a podcast that he had witnessed “sexual perversion taking place in Washington.” . Cawthorn, the youngest member of the House of Representatives, went on to say that lawmakers invited him to a duel and that he had seen prominent political leaders use cocaine in front of him.
While Tillis endorses Edwards, Cawthorn, who along with far-right representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, was in the Donald TrumpThe most loyal defenders, received a last-minute vote of confidence from the former president. “When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did a fantastic job,” the former president wrote Sunday night in a post on Truth Social, the Twitter competitor he founded. . “He’s made some silly mistakes lately, which I don’t believe he’ll make again… give Madison a second chance!”
Other recent scandals by the 26-year-old congressman include bringing a loaded gun into an airport, a leaked video showing a naked Cawthorn hugging a “friend” and insider-trading allegations regarding his involvement in a right-wing cryptocurrency he has. refuse. While responding to the leaked clip in question, released by America’s Muckerkers PAC, Cawthorn called it “a new blow against me”. add“Years ago, in this video, I was joking with a friend, trying to be funny. We acted stupid and joked. That’s it.” The Muckerkers PAC of America also filed an ethics complaint accusing Cawthorn of violating House rules by partially funding the travel and living expenses of his second cousin, the mistress. flag was one of his congressional aides.
In an April poll commissioned by the Republican Party’s GOPAC Electoral Fund, data showed support for Cawthorn among his voters dwindling, falling from 49% in March to 49%. 38%. But those findings come ahead of Cawthorn’s latest controversies.
Minority leader Kevin McCarthy Publicly criticized Cawthorn after his “unacceptable” claims of being invited to sex parties and witnessing people mix cocaine, urging the lawmaker to “come back to yourself” later when both hold a private meeting. McCarthy said that Cawthorn told him he “exaggerated” the allegations. McCarthy also claimed Cawthorn was “wrong” to call the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “thug.”
This article was updated following Cawthorn’s reported concession on Tuesday night.
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