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N.C. 11 race is a no contest

N.C. 11 race is a no contest

To the Editor:

I am a native Western North Carolinian and a member of Generation Z. I understand that my association with the latter group may come as a surprise to some readers, as we are not known to venture far from our Tik Tok sanctuaries. However, as a matter of conscience, I feel compelled to speak out on the congressional race that is brewing between Madison Cawthorn and Moe Davis. 

Regardless of whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or someone who just couldn’t give a hoot about politics, in Western North Carolina, we are raised to value certain qualities in each other — honesty, experience, and compassion for thy fellow man. Mountain values like these are what make our region such an extraordinary place to explore, work, and settle down.

After watching the congressional race between Cawthorn and Davis play out over the past several months, it is clear to me that Cawthorn, despite his ties to the area, is both morally and intellectually bankrupt. When he is not misrepresenting his rejection from the Naval Academy, trivializing his inappropriate advances on women, and exaggerating the success of his real estate investment company, he is parroting partisan talking points that offer half-baked solutions to the issues plaguing our area, like broadband expansion or healthcare accessibility.

As such, it is critical that we send someone to Congress that embodies our values and won’t require hand-holding on their first day. That someone, I respectfully implore readers to consider, is Moe Davis, a man whose dedication to decency and altruism will serve us well in Washington. Davis served our country for 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, distinguishing himself by earning the Legion of Merit, one of the highest honors our military bestows, and finishing his illustrious career at the rank of colonel. Furthermore, under the Bush Administration, when ordered to use evidence obtained through torture, Davis nobly resigned his post as chief prosecutor of Guantanamo Bay, believing his compliance would have been both immoral and illegal under international law.

There can be no denying our country is at a pivotal point in its history. As such, when it comes to whom we wish to represent us in Congress, there can be no room for someone who has never worked a nine-to-five job in their life. There can be no time wasted on someone that would litigate the credibility of several Christian women accusing them of sexual misconduct. There can be no ballot cast for someone that would look into your eyes and lie about their qualifications, and their supposed regard for people that do not look or think like they do. Western North Carolina cannot afford to send Madison Cawthorn to Congress.

You see, unlike Madison Cawthorn, I trust Moe Davis. I think you can, too.

Matthew Wilson 


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