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Cawthorn is not ready for Congress

Cawthorn is not ready for Congress

To the Editor:

Madison Cawthorn says he is a “Washington outsider.” Who is he kidding? His campaign has worked with Washington D.C. lobbyist Fidelis Government Relations, whose corporate clients include AT&T and Big Pharma. Cawthorn’s vote is already owned by the very industries that are obstructing rural broadband and refusing to lower prescription drug costs.

Was Fidelis the lobbying firm that wrote the notes in his debate binder? You might remember, his handlers told him to accuse Col. Moe Davis — who was awarded a Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal — of freeing a convicted terrorist. It was hogwash. The man Cawthorn said was convicted was never even charged with a crime. His handlers also had him say Col. Davis opposed charging the Fort Hood killer as a terrorist. That’s because the man had already been tried, convicted and received the death sentence. Col Davis opposed adding further charges because justice would be delayed for years in appeals, allowing this killer to grow old in prison on the taxpayer’s dime. 

Cawthorn’s blind obedience to his handlers makes sense considering his complete lack of knowledge about the law. He doesn’t know that folks need a trial to get convicted, he doesn’t know how appeals can delay justice. He wants to go to Washington to make laws?

Cawthorn’s naiveté was demonstrated when he went to the border to promote an illegal scheme that raised funds for a border wall by using debunked QAnon conspiracy theories to scare people into giving money. Cawthorn gave a speech on camera promoting the conspiracy. Two weeks later his new buddy who ran the scam was indicted along with Steve Bannon. Is Cawthorn drawn to the criminal element or is he gullible and easily duped? Did you see him when he met the President, Giuliani, and Graham? He was giddy and starry eyed. This is the guy who will speak truth to power? I think not. 

Gullible, naïve, no knowledge base, and starstruck. Not ready for Congress. 

Doreen Carroll

Waynesville

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