For his part in the January attempted coup, Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) may have just landed himself in a heap of trouble. The North Carolina State Board of Elections may be able to block him from “future office.” The liberals have actively worked to get him disqualified from reelection. He is in a fight for his political life.
The North Carolina representative sued the Election Board to keep the bipartisan institution from challenging his midterm campaign. In January, liberals challenged Cawthorn’s qualification to even run for election, CNN reported:
‘Days before the attack on the US Capitol, he said it was “time to fight.” And at the January 6, 2021 rally at the Ellipse, he railed against the “cowards” in Congress who planned to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.’
In addition, North Carolina’s ABC affiliate wrote that it is unconstitutional for any member of Congress to have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same:”
‘The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads that no one can serve in Congress “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress…to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.”‘
Although Cawthorn claimed he was innocent, The Washington Post wrote that his words and actions said otherwise:
‘Though Cawthorn did not participate in the Capitol riot,he promoted in advance the demonstration that preceded it, saying that “the future of this Republic hinges on the action of a solitary few. … It’s time to fight,” and spoke at the gathering. Later, he defended the actions of people who invaded the Capitol.’
Senator Jacob Howard (R-MI) explained what happened to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment:
‘Where a person has taken a solemn oath to support the Constitution of the United States there is a fair moral implication that he cannot afterward commit an act which in its effect would destroy the Constitution of the United States without incurring the guilt of at least moral perjury.’
The Election Board continued, indicating that this was just another requirement similar to age and residency requirements:
‘States have long enforced age and residency requirements, without question and with very few if any legal challenges. The State has the same authority to police which candidates should or should not be disqualified per Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.’
The Elections Board wrote in its filing that Cawthorn’s lawsuit was “premature,” thus putting it on pause. In addition:
‘[T]he Board can disqualify candidates based on constitutional considerations, not just based on state laws.’
Cawthorn’s case is still in federal court. It will wait until the state has finished drawing its new congressional maps.
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