Madison Cawthorn


By Jim Buchanan


11th District U.S. Congressman Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, isn’t interested in running for president.

Governor? That may be another story.

Cawthorn addressed an audience of around 200 people Tuesday night at Western Carolina University’s Health and Human Sciences Building in an event sponsored by Turning Point USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that advocates conservative values at college, university and high school campuses.

Cawthorn’s comments for the most part didn’t break new ground. The freshman representative assailed the evils of government tyranny, “fake news,” burdens imposed by COVID restrictions, the culture of Washington, D.C. and elected Republicans he viewed as insufficiently conservative.

He called for the need to impeach President Joe Biden and bring Dr. Anthony Fauci, director National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the president, to trial.

He extolled the virtues of the Second Amendment and said regarding the 2020 presidential election, “anyone who tells you the election was not stolen is lying to you.”

Often using self-deprecating humor, he regaled the audience with insider tales of how government – to his disillusion – actually operates, often behind closed doors.

He said entrenched leadership needs to be replaced with new blood, and heralded a new crop of conservatives set to enter the 2022 campaign.

In a Q&A session after his address, Cawthorn was asked by an audience member if he was planning a presidential run in the future.

He said, “I would love to be governor at some point,” adding that his rationale was built around the proposition that the power of the federal government will soon be reigned in, making state capitals the true seats of power.