Senator Thom Tillis endorses Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s opponent amid orgy comments

Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.) endorsed fellow North Carolina Republican Madison Cawthorn’s challenger Thursday as Cawthorn, a first-term congressman, resists Republican backlash over his recent suggestion that anonymous GOP colleagues use drugs and attend orgies.

In A declarationTillis blasted Cawthorn and said he believed North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards (R) was the “best choice” to represent the district in the state’s upcoming primary.

“The 11th Congressional District deserves a congressman who is completely dedicated to serving his constituents,” he wrote.

“Unfortunately, Madison Cawthorn is well below the most basic standards western North Carolina expects of its representatives, and voters now have several well-qualified candidates to choose from who would be a significant improvement.”

Edwards “would never embarrass western North Carolina with a consistent pattern of juvenile behavior, outlandish claims and lies,” Tillis said.

Despite a history of offensive and false statements, Cawthorn finally seemed to get the attention of his party colleagues last week when he said in an interview that leaders he admired in Washington, D.C. had used cocaine. in front of him and invited him to orgies. .

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told a reporter that Cawthorn had ‘lost my trust and he’s going to have to earn it back’ and that ‘he has a lot of very upset members’ .

According to McCarthy, Cawthorn told a meeting on Wednesday that his claims were “exaggerated.”

The 26-year-old lawmaker often stirs controversy, including recently when he called Ukraine’s government “incredibly bad” and its wartime leader, President Volodymyr Zelensky, a “thug”.

Tillis said in his Thursday statement that Edwards will “never attack Ukraine’s fight for freedom or vote against Russia’s sanction of Putin and end up being used as propaganda on Russian state television.” .

North Carolina’s other senator, Republican Senator Richard Burr, told CNN he won’t be in the Cawthorn primary, but “any day he’s inconvenient.”

Cawthorn faces seven Republican challengers in the May 17 primary. A number of prominent Republicans support Edwards, including State House and Senate leaders.




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