Cawthorn responds to effort aimed at ban him from running from re-election

Rep. Madison Cawthorn is firing back at an effort to ban him from running for re-election via his participation in events that took place on January 6th, the day of the Capitol riot.

The News and Observer reported “a group of North Carolina voters urged state officials Monday to disqualify U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn as a congressional candidate, citing his participation in a rally last January in Washington that questioned the presidential election outcome and preceded the Capitol riot.

The complaint has the support James Exum Jr., a Democrat and the former chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.

The complaint argues “Cawthorn was involved in planning efforts to intimidate Congress and the Vice President into rejecting valid electoral votes and subvert the essential constitutional function of an orderly and peaceful transition of power.”

The lawsuit also claims Cawthorn and other Republicans “led directly, intentionally, and foreseeably to the insurrectionists’ violent assault on the Capitol.”

Cawthorn tweeted Monday:

Left-wing activists are trying to stop me from fighting for YOU THE PEOPLE!

I won’t be stopped. Help me fight back!