Asheville’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Seven Republican candidates for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District seat squared off in a debate Monday night at the WNC Ag Center as the May 17 primary inches closer.
Noticeably absent from the debate was Rep. Madison Cawthorn, the man currently holding the seat the other candidates are vying for — and the only GOP NC 11 candidate who didn’t participate Monday night.
His competitors used the empty seat on stage, presumably set for the freshman congressman, as a symbol of his time in office.
The Daily Beast reports:
It wasn’t long ago that nearly everyone in the room could say they were, proudly, Madison Cawthorn people. But in his 15 months in office, Cawthorn has amassed a streak of scandals, strategic misfires, and baffling statements that haven’t just tarnished the GOP faithful’s pride in him—they’ve sapped his support.
“At first, I thought it was the liberal media ganging up on him,” said Frank, an older man at the debate, who declined to give his last name. “Now, I’m thinking he’s not cut out for it.”
Richard Bennett, of nearby Brevard, admitted he was “a little disappointed” in Cawthorn. “He seems,” Bennett said, “to have come unscrewed.”
In his15 months in office, Rep. Madison Cawthorn has amassed a streak of scandals, strategic misfires, and baffling statements that haven’t just tarnished the GOP faithful’s pride in him—they’ve sapped his support. https://t.co/EkRdh8zzdn
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 13, 2022
Madison Cawthorn does not want you to know this, but he is vulnerable. My name is Katie Dean, I am a proud Democrat, and if Congress won’t expel Madison, or if the Courts won’t kick him off the ballot, I will defeat him at the polls: https://t.co/aIeHIfiZsW
— Katie Dean (@ElectKatieDean) April 12, 2022
Charles Blow said Dems have to realize Repubs set fire to the rules and fight back. The rules permit us to register Unaffiliated and vote in the Repub primary. If we won’t use the rules to keep a seditionist off the ballot then we get what we deserve.
— Moe Davis — Triple Vaxxed Vet — Unaffiliated Voter (@ColMorrisDavis) April 12, 2022
Madison Cawthorn Is Going Back To Court As N.C. (Again) Considers Bannng Him From Ballot https://t.co/eZ3kkOhhEO
— HillReporter.com (@HillReporter) April 10, 2022