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Rep. Madison Cawthorn, RN.C., responded to the posting of a nude video of him, saying it was part of a “blackmail” campaign meant to hurt his chances of getting re-elected this year.
Early voting has already begun in Cawthorn’s GOP primary race, where he faces challengers including North Carolina State Sen. Chuck Edwards.
“A new blow to me just landed. Years ago in this video I was being rude to a friend, trying to be funny. We were acting stupid and joking. That’s it,” Cawthorn said. “I’m NOT backing down. I told you there would be a drip campaign. Blackmail won’t win. We will.”
The video was uploaded by the American Muckrakers PAC, which operates a website called FireMadison.com. The website describes the video as including a naked Cawthorn pushing his groin on another person’s head.
MADISON CAWTHORN’S VIDEO AT THE CENTER OF NEW ETHICS COMPLAINT
In a video message posted on Wednesday, Cawthorn addressed a series of recent negative stories that have played out against him. In it, he referenced a video he said “was just a stupid locker room conversation between two cousins who grew up like brothers, taken long before I served in Congress.” .
Last week, another video emerged showing the congressman joking about having sex with his male aide in a car.
North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who backs Cawthorn’s main opponent, was asked Thursday about his reaction to the latest video.
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“Uh, absurd to embarrassing,” Tillis said. Asked about the prospect of Cawthorn winning his first contest, Tillis said he was “disappointed for his constituents, and that’s why I’m working to avoid this outcome.”
Fox News’ Kelly Phares contributed to this report.
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