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Rep, Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., responded to the publication of a nude video clip of him, claiming that it is element of a “blackmail” campaign meant to harm his probabilities of profitable re-election this yr.
Early voting has previously begun in Cawthorn’s GOP most important race, in which he is experiencing off from challengers, such as North Carolina condition Sen. Chuck Edwards.
“A new strike in opposition to me just dropped. Decades back, in this video, I was staying crass with a pal, trying to be funny. We have been performing foolish, and joking. That is it,” Cawthorn reported. “I’m NOT backing down. I advised you there would be a drip drip marketing campaign. Blackmail will not acquire. We will.”
The video was uploaded by the American Muckrakers PAC, which runs a website termed FireMadison.com. The web-site describes the movie as such as a nude Cawthorn thrusting his groin at a further person’s head.
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In a video concept posted Wednesday, Cawthorn dealt with a string of modern adverse tales that have run in opposition to him. In it, he referenced a video clip that he explained “was just silly locker space chat concerning two cousins who grew up like brothers, taken long prior to I served in Congress.”
Last 7 days, one more online video came out displaying the congressman joking about sexual intercourse with his male aide in a motor vehicle.
Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, who supports Cawthorn’s most important opponent, was requested for his response to the most recent video clip on Thursday.
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“Um, absurd to embarrassing,” Tillis reported. When requested about the prospect of Cawthorn successful his principal contest, Tillis explained he was “upset for his constituents, and that is why I am operating to keep away from that outcome.”
WHD News’ Kelly Phares contributed to this report.