‘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.
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