US Congressman Madison Corthorn of North Carolina will speak at the Conservative Political Activities Council (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on February 26, 2021.
Octavio Jones | Reuters
“Blackmail can’t win,” Madison Cawthorn said after an opposition group released a video that appeared to be a North Carolina Republican naked in bed and piercing over others. I swore.
“A few years ago, in this video, I was with my friends and trying to make it interesting,” 26-year-old Corthorn said on Twitter on Wednesday night, shortly after the video began to spread on social media.
“We were stupid and joking. That’s it,” said Corthorn.
The video, whose details have not been independently verified by CNBC, was released within two weeks of the Republican primary in the Corthorn district. Corthorn, the youngest member of Congress, piled up a list of scandals and controversies during his freshman term, urging reprimands and complete opposition from some of his fellow Republicans.
“I haven’t retreated,” said Corthorn’s tweet. “I said there is a drip drip campaign. Blackmail can’t win. We’ll win.”
This video was released by American Muckrakers, a political action committee that runs under the banner of Fire Madison Cawthorn and is dedicated to hurting his candidacy.
The group said the video was provided by “former Corthorn supporters and major donors who wanted to remain anonymous.”
“It’s painful to post, but because of the interests of the general public and voters, we chose to do so,” the group said, “Republican Madison Cawthorn slammed someone’s head and moaned.” Watch the video you are in. ” Loudly here. “
Republicans want to regain the House of Representatives and perhaps the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. Tends to retain great benefits Beyond their election challengers. But Corthorn’s distraction spurred criticism from within his own party — especially after he claimed in a podcast interview in March that he had the knowledge that lawmakers were taking drugs. Invite him to an orgy..
“He’s very upset for many members,” said house minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California at the time.
Last week, Cawthorn Quoted in criminal accusation of misdemeanor After he brought the loaded pistol to North Carolina Airport. It was the second time Cawthorn brought a gun to the airport and was caught.
Corthorn said he “made a mistake” with his weapons in his carry bag, but in a recent incident, Democrats called on the Transportation Security Administration to: Crack down on similar crimes..
That same week, Senator Thom Tillis, a member of the North Carolina Republican delegation, called for an investigation after an ethics watchman. Raise suspicion of possible insider trading It is related to Kosorn’s involvement in cryptocurrencies.
Tyris Approved Kothorn’s main challengerAnd the Super PAC, tied to Tillis, reportedly spent more than $ 300,000 on advertising that attacked Cawthorn.
He also Asheville Citizen Times In March, Cawthorn reported that he was charged with driving with a second expired license.
Corthorn also blamed violently Politico After the outlet released a photo of him posing in lingerie at a party last month. Mr. Corthorn said the photos were taken during the pre-parliamentary cruise match.