During the summer, Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn spent $5,000 on food and drink at a high-end hotel in North Carolina. Cawthorn says the money was for “legislative planning food and drink,” but his constituents aren’t happy about it.
The 26-year-old representative is said to have spent $2,950 on August 9 while staying at Skylaranna, a luxurious vacation home in Cawthorn’s hometown of Hendersonville. North Carolina residents are outraged.
That’s the big revelation from a Washington Examiner report that got hold of the North Carolina representative’s expense reports and looked at how much money was spent with funds from Cawthorn’s Members’ Representational Allowance, which should only be used for official and representational work.
The Examiner’s report is even more shocking because Cawthorn charged taxpayers in his district more than $2,000 for “food and beverages” from places like Chick-fil-A, Bojangles chicken, Joey’s NY Bagels, and a lot of other “food and beverages” that week.
Some of the people Cawthorn represents were surprised to learn that the “legislative planning food and beverage” expenses totaled just under $5,000. This made many of them question what was going on that week in August and whether the expenses were actually professional and paid for by the taxpayers, as Cawthorn claims.
Cawthorn also took the time to write a tweet complaining about the Democrats and how they “love wasting” our “hard-earned tax dollars.” This is just one more shocking twist in the story.
Tweeted while he was said to be relaxing at a luxurious North Carolina resort: “Democratic politicians love to waste your hard-earned tax dollars and make your businesses close down.”
An expense report from early August was recently looked at by a reporter. A Cawthorn spokesperson released a statement saying that the money was used for a “district retreat.”
It took place on those dates. Cawthorn’s spokesman, Luke Ball, said that the expenses were for the district’s and D.C.’s employees who went on the retreat together. “Nearly every office on Capitol Hill has a district retreat and money set aside for one.”
Just a few weeks ago, Cawthorn had to backtrack on claims he made that he was once invited to an orgy at a fellow congressman’s house. This is just the latest in a long line of problems for him.
There is a lot of sexual abuse going on in Washington.
There are a lot of people who I’ve looked up to in my life who are in their 60s and 70s in Washington.
Then, all of a sudden, you get an invite to a “sexual get together” at one of their homes. To what did you just ask me to come? Claimed last month.
So, “then you realise that they’re asking you to come to an organisation.” He added that after the backlash from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of Congress, he had to back down.