Tillis PAC spent $300,000 on ad against Cawthorn, saying he ‘lies to the spotlight’

  • A super PAC spent $300,000 on an advertising campaign against North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn.
  • The PAC is linked to Republican Senator from North Carolina Thom Tillis.
  • The announcement appears to be the latest sign of discontent and frustration with Cawthorn among Republicans.

A super PAC linked to Republican North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis spent more than $300,000 on an ad campaign against Representative Madison Cawthorn, according to Axios.

The ad targeting Cawthorn, a Republican representing North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, is the latest sign of frustration directed at Cawthorn by Republicans.

“Madison Cawthorn lied about getting accepted to the Naval Academy to get elected. Now, Cawthorn has been caught lying about conservatives. In a perpetual quest for celebrity, Cawthorn will lie about anything,” said the 30-second ad posted to YouTube by the super PAC Results for NC, Inc.

The ad continued: “An embarrassment to get attention, Cawthorn’s antics help him but hurt us. Lying about conservatives, stolen value, Madison Cawthorn lies for the spotlight.”

The ad, which cost $310,000, according to Federal Election Commission documents, referenced Cawthorn’s claims during his 2020 campaign that he planned to attend the Naval Academy before he was in a car accident that left him partially paralyzed in a wheelchair.

It also seemed to reference Cawthorn’s recent claims that he had been invited to an orgy by people he “mirrored” and witnessed prominent figures taking drugs right in front of him. Later, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy summoned Cawthorn to a meeting and told reporters that Cawthorn’s comments were “unacceptable.”

Cawthorn’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on Sunday.

Tillis endorsed North Carolina state senator Chuck Edwards, who is running against Cawthorn.

“Madison Cawthorn has fallen far short of the most basic standards that western North Carolina expects of its representatives, and voters now have several well-qualified candidates to choose from that would be a significant improvement,” Tillis said in her endorsement of Senator Edwards.

On Friday, Politico released photos of Cawthorn, a staunch conservative, wearing lingerie. Cawthorn responded quickly, calling the photos “goofy vacation shots during a game on a cruise.”

“I think the left thinks silly vacation photos during a game on a cruise ship (taken long before I ran for Congress) are going to hurt me in any way?” hawthorn tweeted. “They’re running out of things to throw at me…”

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