Mr. Wheeler provided The Times with a screenshot of the anonymous text he received that contained the video, and he said he believed the tipper was a former Cawthorn campaign assistant. Another former helper, Lisa Wiggins, released an audio recording released by Mr. Wheeler with her consent and said, “We all want the ultimate goal that he should never serve again.”
Republicans in the state insist that accusations of lawlessness and neglect of his district are more harmful than details of his sex life. Democrats say they are most concerned about Mr Cawthorn’s support for the protesters who attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021. A legal effort led by the North Carolina Democrats to brand him a “rebel” and disqualify him from the vote constitutionally failed last. month.
But the revelations about his behavior strike. The pictures of Mr. Cawthorn in lingerie, first published in Politico, stemmed from a gruesome game aboard a cruise he took before being elected to the House of Representatives, said Melissa Burns, a self-proclaimed Conservative Republican from Tennessee who witnessed the game. , part of a show on board.
For the finale, the audience was divided into teams, each of which chose a man to dress as a woman, “the sexier ‘she’ is, the more points you get,” Ms. Burns in an email. Mr. Cawthorn volunteered.
The description agrees with a description given by Mr. Cawthorn gave in a link on Twitter when he rejected the photos, saying“I guess the left thinks silly vacation photos during a game on a cruise (taken a little before I ran for Congress) will somehow hurt me?”
Ms. Burns also provided a link to a dating app for the cruise from a person identified as “Cawthorn,” using the same image that was published in Politico, saying, “I’m looking for sexy women or couples for some wild sexapades. You will not be disappointed. “
Luke Ball, a spokesman for Mr. Cawthorn, did not deny Ms. Burns’ description of the lingerie game, however, he said the dating app was a fake that used the wrong age, wrong hometown and the wrong name on the ship.