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Rep. Madison Cawthorn. (Photo: Gage Skidmore).

After his own primary, Cawthorn will raise money for Rizzo

Controversial North Carolina congressman headlining NJ–7 fundraiser on May 26

By David Wildstein, May 09 2022 10:58 am

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-North Carolina) will headline a fundraiser for Phil Rizzo’s campaign for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district on May 26.

The fundraiser at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster comes nine days after Cawthorn faces votes in the May 17 North Carolina Republican when the controversial freshman congressman faces voters in his own re-election campaign.

“By then he will have lost his primary,” said Rick Shaftan, a prominent conservative political consultant who moved from New Jersey to North Carolina a few years ago.  “He has no support left here, maybe outside North Carolina but not within.”

A GOPAC poll shows support for Cawthorn dropping in his solidly-Republican congressional district.

The 26-year-old Cawthorn faces a barrage of new scandals in advance of his second term, including allegations that he used $141,000 of taxpayer and campaign funds to may a relative, and a video of the congressman naked in bed with another man. 

“We were acting foolish, and joking,” Cawthorn said on Twitter. “That’s it.”

Cawthorn is RIzzo’s highest-profile backer in his bid to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes).

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