‘Chad’ and ‘Karen’ did battle on Tuesday in an important North Carolina GOP primary race.
Our Chad is Madison Cawthorn, a 24-year-old with a six-pack and diamond-sharp jawline. He clobbered our Karen, Lynda Bennett, a middle-aged white woman with a bob haircut, in the contest for Rep. Mark Meadows’s former seat in the House of Representatives.
The race wasn’t even close: Mr Cawthorn emerged with 65.8 percent of the vote, compared to 34.2 percent earned by Mrs Bennett. Cockburn was surprised to learn that Karen did not keel over with a fake injury, call the cops, or provoke an online mob into canceling Cawthorn.
Even more impressive is that Bennett, a former businesswoman, lost in spite of endorsements from President Trump and Meadows.
Cawthorn, however, clarified that his surprising victory had nothing to do with Donald Trump: ‘I want to make something clear: I support our great President,’ he wrote on his Facebook page. ‘I do not believe this election has been a referendum on the President’s influence. The people of western North Carolina are wise and discerning. You observed both candidates and simply made the choice you believed is best for our district.’
Cawthorn — who is likely to win against Democratic nominee Moe Davis in November and become the youngest member of the next Congress — rose to prominence after surviving a 2014 car accident that left him in a wheelchair. He had previously received a nomination to the US Naval Academy from Rep. Meadows. Today, he runs a real estate investment company.
His online presence is not typical for a congressional candidate. Intermingled with pictures of him and his fiancée are records of his many Chad activities: weightlifting, archery, jet skiing, ocean fishing, and cigar smoking, to name a few. Not only are his posts unusual for a politician, they’re the polar opposite of the dull diatribes about intersectionality that dominate AOC’s Instagram feed.
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At first glance you might think this is a hyper manly picture. If you look past the cigar, bow, and gun though you will see I am indeed wearing an apron. As much as I love shooting, I am way more passionate about cooking! I got to be on a cooking show when I was four years old and I have been hooked ever since! It’s too long of a story to put into one caption but I can say with confidence that my love for food led me to make some of the most profound and influential decisions of my entire life.
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As much as I love intensity and pressure I have to say, leaning back with a cigar; talking about deep thoughts I can’t find an answer to on my own with my mentors and best friends is one of my favorite things in life. You can cut down a tree way faster if your saw is sharpened. So remember to always take a break and sharpen your saw, work smarter not harder. • ••• #rest #recovery #sci #cigar #padron #brothers #mentors #deep
One Twitter user observed that ‘Madison Carwthorn is the male version of the hot chick I thought Madison Cawthorn would be.’
Madison Carwthorn is the male version of the hot chick I thought Madison Cawthorn would be.
Congrats to him #nc11
— Arsenal Pointes (@Erik_LP_) June 24, 2020
Another considers him ‘hot’ despite his political leanings.
Even Fox Business anchor Dagen McDowell offered her congratulations to Mr Cawthorn: ‘Being good-looking in this world goes a long way. And I will just leave it at that.’
Dagen McDowell would like to congratulate all the "kinda hot" people who won elections last night, including Madison Cawthorn and AOC. pic.twitter.com/DJ4wSpgmdv
— The Recount (@therecount) June 24, 2020
Cockburn senses that the thirst tweets are only just beginning…