March 25, 2023

COWARD MOVE: One-term loser congressman flees to, yup, Florida before handing over keys

COWARD MOVE: One-term loser congressman flees to, yup, Florida before handing over keys

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Former North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn has left Congress and the state he once represented and, even before the echoes of his former constituents cheering could settle to a dull roar, his successor broke the news that he’d failed them one more time on the way out.

Representative Chuck Edwards (R-NC) says that even before being sworn in, he’s spent the past month as a Congressman-elect trying to contact Cawthorn to coordinate a transition process.

It was a request complicated by the fact that Cawthorn lost to Edwards in the 2022 North Carolina Republican primary, bringing Cawthorn’s congressional career to a grinding halt.

The transition process would typically include passing on documentation about concerns and issues that constituents brought to the incumbent Congressman so that the new Representative could continue working on the caseload.

Edwards says Cawthorn was unreachable — no surprise since the scandal-plagued extremist seemed to quit working as soon as he was fired.

By November 16th, his offices were reportedly packed up and emptied, and he was spending his time traveling to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, and posting social media rambles about his devotion to Donald Trump.

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Now, Edwards — who is also a Republican — is calling out his predecessor, and, more importantly, issuing the warning to his constituents.

Anyone who contacted Cawthorn for help (ha!) in his last months in office will have to now reach out to Edwards because he has been provided none of the constituent information that should have been in his hands before Christmas.

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“New U.S. Rep. Chuck Edwards of North Carolina says the office of his predecessor, Madison Cawthorn, left Edwards’ staff unaware of pending constituent requests and government casework before Cawthorn formally left the seat…According to Edwards, Cawthorn’s office didn’t transfer official constituent casework — standard practice for a seat transition — by a Dec. 23 deadline,” The Associated Press wrote.

What’s Cawthorn doing, now that he’s not using a Congressional seat as a platform to attack the LGBTQ community, violate ethics standards, and tattle on his own party?

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He seems to be planning another political run, actually, likely in his new home state of Florida.

He posted on his Instagram about the joys of “freedom from politics,” but also said that he plans to “get back in the fight.”

“I will say, freedom from politics is quite relaxing and significantly more fun. Incredibly excited to get back in the fight one day though, we have a country to save,” Cawthorn declared.

Hopefully, his potential Florida constituents are forwarned about the way he abandoned the concerns of those in North Carolina before even leaving office.

Then again, Cawthorn fits the profile of the quintessential “Florida Man,” so perhaps he’ll be a shoo-in.

Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.

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