Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina says he will “keep fighting” despite an onslaught of controversy, leaked videos and personal attacks targeting him in recent weeks.
Cawthorn has been at the center of a media firestorm stretching back as far as his off-the-cuff interview comments about cocaine and orgies in Washington D.C. Since then, Cawthorn has been disciplined by the GOP, torched by fellow Republicans and had multiple compromising videos leaked.
A story published Friday said Cawthorn paid second cousin Stephen Smith $141,000 for work with Cawthorn’s campaign and congressional office since 2020.
“I’m ready to keep fighting for you. I wanted you to know the truth, straight from me. Don’t lose hope, don’t listen to the fake news,” Cawthron wrote on his social media page Saturday.