While it is less common to see the House Freedom Caucus add new members in the middle of a congressional term, members of the ultra-conservative group tell POLITICO that they decided to admit the North Carolina Republican after closely watching his voting record and evaluating how he leaned on certain “tough” votes.
Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), an HFC member, said the group has to be careful about admitting new members in the minority, where it is much easier to cast a vote than in the majority. But Cawthorn, he said, has “proven himself.”
Cawthorn is joining a group established in part by former Rep. Mark Meadows, the former occupant of Cawthorn’s North Carolina seat, though Meadows did not initially support his successor.
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