Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn, the consultant for Western North Carolina together with Asheville and Buncombe County, has apparently vacated his Washington and district offices almost two months before the end of his term.
Cawthorn, 27, didn’t earn one other two-year term after dropping the spring major to Chuck Edwards, a fellow Henderson County Republican. Edwards beat Democrat Jasmine Beach-Ferrara within the Nov. 8 common election and can turn into the brand new eleventh District member of Congress. But not till Jan. 3.
On Nov. 16, Cawthorn’s Washington workplace now not had his title posted exterior and had been cleaned out. A name to the workplace reached a voicemail system inviting eleventh District constituents to depart a message, saying a employees member would name them again.
In Hendersonville, the district workplace with Cawthorn’s title and the House seal on the door and window was darkish and locked. Rooms have been empty of furnishings and cleansing merchandise may very well be seen on a counter. Calls to the Hendersonville and different district offices reached voicemail or have been disconnected.
A message on the voicemail stated the congressman was now not accepting new requests for help “due to our office beginning to close for the term.”
Cawthorn just lately purchased a $1.1 million house in Florida, nevertheless it nonetheless registered to vote in North Carolina, based on state information.
Until then, Cawthorn stays the district’s consultant, a job that usually consists of serving to constituents with issues with the federal companies.
Cawthorn spokesperson Blake Harp didn’t reply to Nov. 16 questions together with the place constituents ought to go for help with veterans advantages, Social Security, late tax refunds or different points.
In the first, Cawthorn was hindered by scandals and missteps, together with making an attempt to bring a loaded gun by Charlotte airport safety and claiming he was invited to an orgy in Washington and noticed political leaders use cocaine.
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But Western Carolina University political science professor Chris Cooper stated lack of constituent service may very well be much more problematic than the headline drawing gaffes.
“There are still (more than) 750,000 people in WNC whose primary connection to the federal government is Madison Cawthorn − a Rep who is apparently gone,” Cooper tweeted. “Despite the attention over Cawthorn’s antics, the effects of (lack of) representation on people’s lives often gets lost.”
Joel Burgess has lived in WNC for greater than 20 years, overlaying politics, authorities and different information. Got a tip? Contact Burgess at [email protected], 828-713-1095 or on Twitter @AVLreporter.