Madison Cawthorn defends missing House votes for honeymoon: ‘My service as a husband’


U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, RN.C. last week defended missing the most House votes of any first-year chamber member due to their honeymoon.

“It shows exactly what Democrats think about the nuclear family in America right now. I was doing the one thing I found more important than my service here in Congress, and that was my service as a husband,” said Cawthorn to Real America Voice Network Thursday, according to the Washington Times.

Cawthorn, 25, married Instagram influencer Cristina Bayardelle in a religious ceremony on April 3, the seventh anniversary of the car crash that left him partially paralyzed. The couple previously held a civil ceremony in December, the Times reported.

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“If I have to choose between voting with Nancy Pelosi or spending time with my beautiful wife, I choose Cristina every time,” he added.

“If I have to choose between voting with Nancy Pelosi or spending time with my beautiful wife, I choose Cristina every time.”

– Rep. American Madison Cawthorn, RN.C.

U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn, RN.C., is seen in Washington, May 14, 2021 (Associated Press)

U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn, RN.C., is seen in Washington, May 14, 2021 (Associated Press)

The two then took off for their honeymoon in Dubai.

Cawthorn admitted he missed a number of votes in the week he left, but said everything was “Democratic trash.”

The North Carolina congressman missed about 16.2% of the vote every 1 in 6, Axios reported.

Jamaal Bowman, DN.Y., had the worst vote record of any freshman Democrat, missing 2.8% of the vote.

During his four-day honeymoon, Cawthorn was out for 21 votes, The Times reported, citing nonprofit ProPublica. Some of the bills were sponsored by Republicans.

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The week before the congressman left for his honeymoon, no vote was scheduled in the House, according to the Times.

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