The 11th district deserves a congressman who cares about the people of WNC


On March 24, Madison Cawthorn’s congressional office sent out a newsletter. It consisted of an introduction and five sections, the first four dealing with the kind of issues of national culture and warfare for which Cawthorn is primarily known. The last section was a reminder of the US Small Business Administration’s deadline for residents of Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties affected by last year’s floods.

I work in marketing. Writing newsletters is part of my job. And any marketer will tell you that people rarely read the last part of a newsletter, especially if it’s not alluded to in the introduction. You rank content by importance, putting the information you want people to read first. Cawthorn’s newsletter shows how he puts his constituency first — an afterthought to add to his higher goal of becoming the kind of DC power player he claims to despise. And lest you think I place too much importance on a monthly newsletter, remember that Cawthorn admitted that his staff prioritize communication over legislation. Marketing is his priority. Madison Cawthorn’s brand is her priority.

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I’m not going to bother getting into cocaine and orgies because at this point those who are ideologically on board with Cawthorn won’t be deterred by this, not if they haven’t been deterred by a Trump’s similar behavior. At this point, the wild claims that keep it in the headlines are a core pillar of the Cawthorn brand.

Highlighting how Cawthorn prioritizes his image and national reach is what I think may deter potential Cawthorn voters from supporting him in this upcoming primary. There seems to be more division than uniting us politically these days. Still, I believe voters from all walks of life would agree that we deserve a Congressman who actively works for us and puts NC District 11 first. I’d love to see a progressive as the next rep, but I would at least respect a conservative who holds town halls, answers voter emails, votes across the aisle when it benefits the district and doesn’t give the priority to their image in relation to the needs of District 11.

Colonel Moe Davis recently wrote a editorial for this article where he described how Cawthorn regularly votes against programs that would benefit this district. He wrote, “He (Cawthorn) voted against funding the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program which provides $3.4 million a year to 13 mountain counties with tax-free federal land. He voted against funding the Safe Rural Schools program which provides over $1 million a year to our schools. He voted against VA health care eligibility for Burn Pit veterans. He was the only member of the North Carolina House delegation to vote against the Opioid Prescription Verification Act.

And if you’re not a Washington Post subscriber, you might have missed an excellent article by journalist Lisa Rab, titled “The Forgotten District,” which I urge anyone living and voting in said forgotten neighborhood (it’s is us, here in District 11) to read.

Rab interviewed voters from across District 11. She didn’t focus on diehard Cawthorn opponents like yourselves, but on conservatives like Henderson County Sheriff George Erwin Jr., a former supporter of Cawthorn who told Rab, “I can’t think of a thing he’s done for our district; and Cherokee County GOP Chairwoman Shannon Greathead, who couldn’t reach Cawthorn when she tried to raise money for the local American Legion; and Navy veteran and Cherokee County Commissioner Jan Griggs, who was dismayed when Cawthorn pulled out of an annual veterans’ event due to “scheduling conflicts.” Rab’s report confirms Cawthorn had time to be in New Hampshire raising money for a Republican congressional hopeful and speak here in Asheville at a GOP fundraiser a week before the veteran event .

As well:Opinion: 11th District voters are too smart to let Madison Cawthorn use us

The shrewdest observation in Rab’s article is when she writes, “If he wins, it could be seen as the victory of a new kind of politics, which values ​​fame over governance and power.” self-promotion rather than service. She compares Cawthorn to other famous politicians like Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene, who appear regularly on talk shows, travel the United States to attend conservative rallies and find ways to fit in as a main character. in any issue, controversy or story.

It is a question that District 11 and those who voted for Cawthorn must ask themselves, what is more important to us here, the general good of the District or the promotion of the Madison Cawthorn brand?

Pat Brothwell is a former high school teacher and writer and marketing professional living and working in Asheville.


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