Rep. Cawthorn: My ‘service as a husband’ comes before Congress

Rep. Cawthorn: My ‘service as a husband’ comes before Congress

May 23, 2021

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GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn said he had a good explanation for missing a series of votes in Congress: he was performing his “service as a husband.”

While honeymooning in Dubai with his new wife Cristina Bayardelle, an Instagram fitness influencer, the 25-year-old GOP freshman said he was “happy” to have missed 15 votes in a single week, calling the bills “Democrat garbage” anyway.

“It just shows how exactly the Democrats feel about the nuclear family in America right now. I was doing the only thing I find more important than my service here in Congress and that was my service as a husband,” the North Carolina lawmaker said during the interview with Real America’s Voice host David Brody.

“If I have to choose between voting with Nancy Pelosi or spending time with my beautiful wife, I’m choosing Cristina every time,” he said.

Cawthorn came in on the receiving end of some pointed criticism after an Axios report found that he was the tardiest member of the freshman class, missing 16.2 percent of all floor votes. The top five vote-skipping freshman were all Republicans.

Among House Democratic freshman, the dubious honor went to New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who missed 2.82 percent.

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