The group argues that Madison Cawthorne is ineligible for Congress because of her participation in the January 6 rally.

A group of North Carolina voters has said they believe Representative Madison Cawthorne cannot be a congressional candidate because of her ties to the January 6 Capitol riots.


Lawyers representing 11 North Carolina voters filed a candidacy challenge with the state election board. The challenge claimed that Cawthorne’s recent candidature filing for the state’s 13th district seat violates a constitutional amendment enacted immediately after the Civil War. In this amendment, anyone “involving in rebellion or rebellion” against the US Constitution is not allowed to serve in Congress. Voters claimed that Cawthorne’s participation in an election fraud rally that infiltrated the US Capitol made him ineligible for congressional re-election.

Cawthorne was the guest speaker at the “Save America Rally” on the morning of January 6, 2021. At the rally, Cawthorne said there is “some fighting” in the crowd and openly pitched the idea that there was widespread election fraud that ousted former President Donald Trump. He also said during the event that Democrats were trying to silence voters, saying “they don’t want you to be heard.”


Meanwhile, Cawthorne is fighting up against the challenge. Spokesman Luke Ball said the group is “ridiculously misinterpreting and twisting the 14th Amendment for political gain” in an email sent to The Associated Press. However, the group denies this, with member Jay Walsh saying that the representative’s actions are “harming our country and destroying our freedoms.”

North Carolina Republican Representative Madison Cawthorne’s re-election campaign has been challenged by a group of North Carolina voters who say she should be punished for her ties to the January 6 Capitol riots. Pictured, Cawthorne speaks during a press conference in front of the US Capitol on November 1, 2021 in Washington, DC
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The written challenge stated that the events of January 6, 2021 “amount to a rebellion” and that Cawthorne’s speech at a rally supporting President Donald Trump, his other comments and information in published reports would provide a “reasonable suspicion or belief”. that they helped provide the facility. rebellion and thus is unworthy.


Ron Fein, legal director of Free Speech for People, a national election and campaign finance reform group that supported the challenge, said, “The importance of protecting the foundational constitutional principle, which rests on oath-breakers who join the rebellion. The office of the future cannot be trusted, is necessary to maintain.” election, told The Associated Press.

Fein said the Cawthorne challenge would be the first of many he intended to file against other members of Congress linked to the rebellion in the near future. Free Speech for People and the group Our Revolution announced last week that it would urge state election administrators to bar Trump and members of Congress from appearing in future ballots.

State law says that Cawthorne has the burden of “showing from a prominent piece of evidence” that he is qualified to run.


Ball reported that “more than 245,000 Patriots from western North Carolina chose Congressman Cawthorne for his service in Washington”—a reference to his November 2020 victory in the current 11th District.

Cawthorne, 26, became the youngest member of Congress since his November 2020 election in the Far Western District and a social media favorite of Trump supporters. He plans to run in a new congressional district that appears to be friendly to Republicans. He formally filed candidacy papers with the State Board of Elections last month, just before the filing, while redistribution lawsuits were pending.

The challenge asks the board to form a five-member panel from the county within the proposed 13th district to hear the challenge. The decision of the panel can be appealed to the state board and later to the court.


The 11 voters, identified in additional paperwork filed with the board, are from four counties within the new 13th district, which stretches from the state foothills east to parts of Charlotte.

Cawthorne voted against certifying Biden’s presidential victory, though he later signed a letter with other GOP members of Congress congratulating Biden. Cawthorne has said that it is his constitutional duty to vote against him. He condemned the Capitol violence, but compared it to protests against police brutality in the summer of 2020. Still, last summer Cawthorne warned North Carolinians of a potential “bloodbath” in future elections, claiming “the piracy could continue,” and questioning whether Biden was “dutifully elected.”

The challengers also asked the board to let them question Cawthorne under oath, before the regional panel convenes, and to call him and others to obtain the documents.

“It’s easy to deny something on Twitter or in supporters’ speeches,” Fein said. “But we look forward to interrogating him under oath.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hawthorn in the aftermath of the riot
Representative Madison Cawthorne (R-NC) (C) wears a protective mask as she visits the US Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Cawthorne, who spoke at the “Save America Rally” on January 6, said his re-election campaign could be interrupted because of a Civil War-era amendment.
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