Scandal-ridden Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn is in the spotlight once again. Rep. Cawthorn is calling a resurfaced video “blackmail” meant to hurt his political career.
A new hit against me just dropped.
Years ago, in this video, I was being crass with a friend, trying to be funny.
We were acting foolish, and joking.
I’m NOT backing down.
I told you there would be a drip drip campaign.
Blackmail won't win. We will.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) May 4, 2022
The Washington Examiner reports:
The 26-year-old congressman, who has beenensnared in a string of controversies in recent weeks, released a statement Wednesday appearing to confirm the authenticity of a short clip showing him naked in bed atop another man, getting physical and making noises.
The American Muckrakers PAC, a group trying to achieve Cawthorn’s defeat in this year’s election, posted the video on its website, FireMadison.com, according to a Charlotte Observer report.
“Blackmail won’t win. We will,” Cawthorn said Wednesday without elaborating further.
A little more than a month ago, Cawthorn drew headlines for claiming that colleagues in Congress were doing cocaine and inviting him to orgies. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with Cawthorn, after which McCarthy told Axios that Cawthorn admitted to him that he had “exaggerated” such suggestions.
In addition to the slew of controversies surrounding the Republican representative, a group of North Carolina voters are also contending he should be left off this year’s midterm ballot because of his role on January 6, 2021.