The narrative created by Republican congressional-candidate Madison Cawthorn paints a picture of a bright, young man headed to the U. Naval Academy until he was severely injured in an auto crash. But in a sworn deposition obtained by AVL WatchdogCawthorn admitted his application to the Academy had already been rejected before the crash. The campaign did not comment, despite repeated requests over several days.
A congressional nomination is just a first step in a highly competitive process to enter the Naval Academy. Inmore than 17, students sought admission by seeking nomination from a House or Senate member, the President, the secretary of the Navy and other sources.
Cawthorn was among those rejected. Yet he has not publicly corrected the misimpression that he would have entered the Academy in the class of were it not for the auto crash. His campaign website and Instagram include a photo of Cawthorn wearing a Navy sweatshirt and another of him participating in a training exercise with others, all in the group wearing military fatigues and inflatable jackets pulling boats onto a beach. Cawthorn, then 18, was a passenger in an SUV driven by his friend, Bradley Ledford, that crashed while returning to North Carolina from a spring vacation trip in Florida.
The vehicle burst into flames. Cawthorn spent much of the next year undergoing surgeries and therapy. Treatment for pain in his legs continued more three years later, he said in the deposition. A judge ultimately ruled in favor of the insurance company, but the lawsuit led to the sworn deposition taken Oct. Cawthorn did not reply to multiple ed requests for comment from AVL Watchdog. The candidate also revealed in the deposition that he had been unsuccessful in his later enrollment at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, a small evangelical Christian school often attended by homeschoolers and that has a reputation for successfully placing graduates into high federal government positions.
A perfect score is Under questioning from the lawyer, Cawthorn said he believed he had received a in math, a in verbal and a in writing. Highly selective colleges and universities such as the federal Seeking friendly bear in avl typically expect applicants to achieve scores in those tests of or above. After his brief stint in college, Cawthorn has said he became a a small businessman involved in real estate and other investments. When Burge pressed him about investment income earned from the insurance settlement, Cawthorn said the investments were handled by his older brother, Zachary Cawthorn, a professional financial adviser.
On the financial disclosure form he filed as required by all candidates, he reported no income from it. In the deposition, Cawthorn said the only jobs he had held to that point was as a manager in a Chick-fil-A restaurant while a teenager, and after the accident as a staff assistant in then-U. There was no suggestion in the deposition that the two friends were changing seats when their SUV crashed, and the state trooper reported no evidence that Ledford, the driver, was impaired by alcohol or other substances. He lives in Asheville.
at avlwatchdog gmail. Published in Gov't. Excellent reporting AVL Watchdog! Thanks for bringing the complete set of facts to light. Please keep up the good work! One can have empathy for the injury that disabled him, but not for the deceit in claiming that it kept him from the Naval Academy. There are enough liars in government as it is. Thank you for reporting this. I did some research after he won the nomination and found an insurance law website that talked about the lawsuit he pursued.
I am curious about the current relationship between Cawthorn and Ledford since the lawsuit. I was also wondering how much work experience he could actually have at Then I realized he has none.
I find it repugnant that someone with no experience with public education would represent our district at the age of Wake up Republicans. You are being played. Great reporting.
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Moe Davis has many attributes that make him an excellent candidate. This young man has already evidenced he is in politics to win elections rather than serve a specific constituency of real people:. In this case, true Republicans deserve a better public servant who they can trust represents a real constituency with consistent and loyal behavior.
This kid is simply a liar and shapeshifter who will say and do anything to get this position of power. Cawthorn is shameless and insulting to anyone who wants to be served by government rather than played by a con artist. We do not need to accept this any longer. What is it about Republicans these days that they feel compelled to lie about anything?
Many of the lies they tell involve stolen valor. They try to get credit for service by sucking up to veterans. Or they flat-out misrepresent their personal history like Cawthorn has done. Many people who apply to the service academies reapply after a year of prep school or ing the service first. He may have had this as a backup plan. Did you ask him? It just seems to ger worse and worse for poor Madison. Really, all he had to do was tell the truth- oh wait, that is not in the Republicans playbook. He does sound like a great match with Trunp and his fading minions in Congress.
Integrity matters. Apparently, Mr. Cawthorn has not yet developed much of that character trait. One can only hope that enough voters realize that Moe s well imbued with integrity. He has earned my vote. Well done!
Thanks for bringing the facts to light! It is this type of excellent reporting that sets AVLWatchdog at the highest level of journalistic reporting.
Keep up the good work! Not one credential can this young man claim that makes him eligible to be a candidate for national office. He lied about the Naval Academy, which he has recanted, along with having no work experience, no education beyond high school, no prior experience in elected office, and very scary ideas that follow the very far right path. Nope, not eligible for national office.
Gain some experience by starting out with local offices and move on from there. I am extremely sympathetic with his life experience but would suggest he gain some formal work and educational experience outside of representational government prior to any appointments or elections.
Thank you AVL Watchdog for this article. I hope the information contained is shared broadly. Thank you, Asheville Watchdog. Perhaps, the voters will make a wiser decision in ! Was this article from before the widespread accusations about him being a sexual predator in his short time at that college? He seemed to have lots of time and energy for that while claiming his brain was too slow for academics, which is also not a good qualification for a nationally important job. He has a record of running on other major lies as well.
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