October Court Date Set For Cawthorn In Gun Incident

Asheville’s ABC News affiliate reports:

A court date has been set for Congressman Madison Cawthorn where TSA found a loaded handgun in his bag at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The incident occurred April 26. TSA agents alerted police about the gun. Cawthorn was issued a citation for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property, which is a misdemeanor. The court date is set for Oct. 18, 2022. TSA agents also found a gun in Cawthorn’s bag in 2021 at the Asheville Regional Airport.

Raleigh’s NBC News affiliate reports:

A relative and close adviser to U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn has pocketed more than $141,000 from taxpayers and campaign donors since 2020, according to congressional and campaign payroll records. The documents also show a roughly eight-month period during which the 26-year-old North Carolina congressman paid Stephen Smith, his second cousin, simultaneously from Cawthorn’s congressional office and campaign.

The payments were addressed to Smith at a Hendersonville address. The address matches that of Cawthorn’s, state voter registration records show. U.S. House members are prohibited from hiring immediate family members, such as first cousins. But the requirement doesn’t extend to second cousins. Nonetheless, the payments sharpen the focus on the nature of the relationship between Cawthorn and Smith and raise questions about the perception of family self-dealing.