One of the enduring legacies of former President Donald Trump’s time in office is that there’s a new breed of Republicans being elected to Congress — a new class that does not apologize for their beliefs and does not back down from a fight.
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., is one such Republican, which may explain why a radical left political action committee is setting its sights on removing him from his 11th Congressional district seat.
“Fire Madison Cawthorn” was kicked off on Monday, and the PAC stated in a release that its “sole purpose is to raise funds to focus on the callous and child-like actions of U.S. Representative David (Madison) Cawthorn.”
Not that Cawthorn, an 8th-generation North Carolinian who was left paralyzed after a tragic 2014 car accident, isn’t up for the challenge.
“If I am hated in Washington DC, if I am despised and derided by the corporate lobbyists and Super PACS of the radical left, if I am cursed at and spit upon by socialists and activists, then I know I’m doing my job,” he told BizPac Review. “If I am loved by the those who back the blue, if I have earned the support of those who wear a badge, who plow the fields and raise a family in North Carolina, I know I am doing my job.”
“Washington D.C. hates me because they fear you,” Cawthorn added, speaking to conservatives. “Nancy Pelosi and embittered, violent activists on her payroll scream for my voice to be silenced. Good. These left-wing socialists can call me what they want, but they did not call me to this position. The people of Western North Carolina have my six and that’s the only backup I will ever need.”
The youngest member of the 117th Congress, the 25-year-old freshman lawmaker has only been in office since January, yet he’s already being targeted by the left. But then, considering he bills himself as a constitutional conservative committed to defending the values of faith, family, and the freedom that have made America great, it begins to make sense.
The media sees Cawthorn as a rising star in the Republican Party and has accused him of peddling a new “kind of Trumpism.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza went even further, calling him “Trump 2.0.”
In office for just over a month, the Washington Post bemoaned that he “has emerged as one of the most visible figures among newly arrived House Republicans,” claiming the young lawmaker has “pushed a radicalized ideology that has become a driving force in the GOP.” Hell, the paper even scrutinized Cawthorn’s account of the terrible accident that left him in a wheelchair.
All of which shows how concerned the left is about this new breed of Republicans.
The committee going after Cawthorn was formed by Col. Moe Davis, a Democrat who was easily defeated by Cawthorn in 2020 (54.5% to 42.4%) and David Wheeler, a two-time failed Democratic candidate for the North Carolina state senate.
Wheeler said the PAC is “a way for us to capture the sentiment around Cawthorn on a local, regional and national basis,” USA Today reported.
“We can take small-donor donations and very large donations,” he said, adding, “It’s a way to bring that all together.”
They have already raised $5,000 in one donation, according to Wheeler, and are set to speak with “several other five- and six-figure potential donors” in June and July.
And while $5,000 is a paltry sum, given the cost of running an effective campaign that organizers say will include buying TV ads, radio ads, and billboards this fall, the group can count on plenty of attention from the liberal media.
Cawthorn spokesman Micah Bock called the PAC “an effort to silence his voice.”
“Rep. Cawthorn serves as a champion of free expression, and individual liberty, so it comes as no surprise, that embittered liberal activists have been weaponized by the Democrat machine in Washington in an effort to silence his voice,” Bock explained in a release. “Congressman Cawthorn continues to fight for the values of Western North Carolina on the national stage, and he is honored to have the support of so many hard-working North Carolinians in NC-11.”
Opponents have hit Cawthorn for his number of missed votes — Wheeler has called him a “party boy” — not that Republicans stand much of a chance at slowing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rubber-stamp Congress.
“Rep. Cawthorn married the love of his life on April 3rd of 2021,” Bock said. “Due to his honeymoon, he missed House votes occurring between April 13th and April 16th.”
Meanwhile, Bock said the congressman will continue “to place the interests of his constituents over the partisan politicking of liberal special interest groups,” noting that Cawthorn was one of the first GOP freshmen to pass legislation.
“From rural broadband reform to rebuilding local businesses in the post-COVID economy, Rep. Cawthorn has introduced a number of powerful legislative initiatives that put Americans first,” he said.
The spokesman also pointed out that the lawmaker has “championed the interests of veterans across the district.”
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