A newly sworn-in North Carolina congressman is pleading with constituents to contact him after his predecessor, scandal-scarred Madison Cawthorn, failed to turn over their case files when he vacated his office last November.
GOP Rep. Chuck Edwards’ office sent a letter telling voters in his rural western North Carolina district to reach out if they have outstanding or unfinished casework — and adding he doesn’t know where Cawthorn disappeared to.
The letter said Cawthorn, who abandoned his Capitol Hill and district offices two months before his term ended, “did not transfer official constituent casework, which is standard practice for any legislative transition.”
”Due to this lack of information, Congressman Edwards and his staff have no way of knowing which constituents had ongoing casework or other outstanding federal issues,” the Monday letter added. “Repeated attempts to reach Congressman Cawthorn and his staff were made over the past month, but no response or action was provided.”
Edwards, who defeated Cawthorn in the Republican primary ast May and went on to win the general election in November, said he prides himself on helping his people in his district, a service he highlighted during his campaign.
“I ask that anyone with any pending casework contact my office immediately. In addition, I hope members of the media will help inform the public of this request. I would like to ensure that our veterans, the elderly, the infirm and others who need help get the full benefit of the services they are entitled to,” he said in a statement.
Cawthorn, 27, was elected in 2020, and his short tenure in office was marked by various scandals, including his claim in March 2022 that Republican lawmakers invited him to orgies in Washington and snorted lines of cocaine in front of him.
“The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington. I mean, being kind of a young guy in Washington, where the average age is probably 60 or 70 — [you] look at all these people, a lot of them that I’ve looked up to through my life, I’ve always paid attention to politics,” Cawthorn said on the Warrior Poet Society podcast.
“Then all of a sudden you get invited: ‘We’re going to have a sexual get-together at one of our homes, you should come.’ ‘What did you just ask me to come to?’ And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy,” he said.
The interview did not sit well with House Republicans, including then-Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“I just told him he’s lost my trust, he’s gonna have to earn it back, and I laid out everything I find is unbecoming,” McCarthy said he told Cawthorn after meeting with him.
“And, you can’t just say, ‘You can’t do this again,’” McCarthy added. “I mean, he’s, he’s got a lot of members very upset.”