- A super PAC spent $300,000 on an ad campaign against North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn.
- The PAC is connected to North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis.
- The announcement appears to be the latest sign of discontent and frustration with Cawthorn among Republicans.
A super PAC connected to North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis spent more than $300,000 on an ad campaign against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, according to Axios.
The ad directed at Cawthorn, a Republican representing North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, is the latest sign of frustration directed at Cawthorn from Republicans.
“Madison Cawthorn lied about being accepted to the Naval Academy to get elected. Now, Cawthorn has been caught lying about conservatives. In the perpetual quest for celebrity, Cawthorn will lie about anything,” the 30-second ad posted read. on YouTube by the super PAC. Results for NC, Inc.
The ad continued: “An attention-seeking embarrassment, Cawthorn’s antics help him but hurt us. Lying about Tories, Stolen Courage, Madison Cawthorn lies for the spotlight.”
The ad, which cost $310,000, according to Federal Election Commission filings, referenced Cawthorn’s claims during his 2020 campaign that he had planned to attend the Naval Academy before getting into a car accident that left him partially paralyzed. in a wheelchair.
It also seemed to reference Cawthorn’s recent claims that he had been invited to an orgy by people he “admired” and saw prominent figures doing drugs right in front of him. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy later called Cawthorn into a meeting and told reporters that Cawthorn’s comments were “unacceptable.”
Cawthorn’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on Sunday.
Tillis has endorsed North Carolina State Sen. Chuck Edwards, who is running against Cawthorn.
“Madison Cawthorn has fallen short of the most basic standards Western North Carolina expects of its representatives, and voters now have several well-qualified candidates to choose from who would represent a significant improvement,” Tillis said in his endorsement of Senator Edwards.
On Friday, Politico reported photos of Cawthorn, a staunch conservative, wearing lingerie. Cawthorn was quick to respond, calling the images “silly vacation photos during a game on a cruise ship.”
“I guess the left thinks silly vacation photos during a game on a cruise ship (taken waaay before I ran for Congress) are going to hurt me somehow.” Espino tweeted. “They’re running out of things to throw at me…”