Madison Cawthorn, Western North Carolina’s congressional representative, was among the more than 50 representatives and eight senators, all Republicans, who issued a formal challenge Jan. 6 to certifying the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden over incumbent President Donald Trump. Shortly after that action, a rioting crowd of Trump supporters broke into the Capitol.
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“With this unusual high-absentee ballot election and with large opportunities for fraud — every effort must be made to assure voters of election integrity.”
“Saw Cawthorn’s three-word comment on winning Meadows’ seat.”
“Madison can choose to follow his idol’s path, fanning the flames of hatred, or he can lead by listening, respecting and working for us all.”
As newly elected Asheville City Council members Sandra Kilgore, Sage Turner and Kim Roney embark on a new chapter of civic leadership following a close race, they inherit controversial priorities from the outgoing Council that will likely dominate the first few months of their term.
“He weighs complex issues carefully, listens to all voices and makes clear decisions.”
The money faucet is open in the race to represent Western North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. Republican candidate Madison Cawthorn has raised more than Democratic candidate Moe Davis, but Cawthorn’s campaign has also spent heavily to bring those dollars in. As of Sept. 30, Davis had more cash on hand than his opponent.
“In today’s deeply weird political climate, we need people who unify us, who listen to people and who act for the greatest good.”
“His current signature bleat is to defund Asheville government because it is trying to make policing more accountable, transparent and effective.”
“As a Patrick Henry College alumnus and Army veteran, I can tell you that this is not the character of a leader or of a representative.”
“Moe Davis has repeatedly told people to ‘look at his record.’ Let’s do just that.”
“Honest, experienced and expert leaders can soon run the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners when we elect Robert Pressley — candidate for chair; Glenda Weinert — District 1; Anthony Penland — District 2; Joe Belcher — District 3!”
“I like the way she integrates issues like growth, conservation, farming and economics in a way that can allow this county to grow sustainably.”
“We don’t want elected officials who are going to serve or give allegiance to campaign donors, corporate lobbyists, the whims and fancies of people they admire, their friends in high places or political bosses.”
“With her intelligence, energy and something so rare these days — true integrity — she will serve Buncombe County well.”
“Cawthorn has GQ good looks; a high-energy personality; and the 25-year-old has already gaffed his way to unwanted national attention with cringeworthy comments.”
“Sam will support Gov. Cooper’s efforts to expand Medicaid.”
“Send a message asking for every vote to be counted to every elected official you can think of.”