Gary D. Robertson
Raleigh, NC – A North Carolina voter group told state officials Monday to disqualify US Representative Madison Cathorn as a congressional candidate, questioning the presidential election result before the Capitol riot, citing her participation in a rally in Washington last January.
Catharine’s office quickly condemned the Republican candidacy challenge, which was submitted to the state electoral board on behalf of 11 voters, which oversees the process of reviewing a candidate’s eligibility. Voters argue that Catherine, who formally filed for the 13th District seat last month, could not contest because he failed to comply with the amendment to the US Constitution passed after the Civil War.
The 1868 Amendment states that no one can serve in Congress.
The written challenge states that the events of January 6, 2021, were “tantamount to rebellion” and that Kathorn’s speech at a rally in support of President Donald Trump, his other comments and information in the published reports, provided “reasonable suspicion or belief” that he had helped. Rebellion is facilitated and thus disqualified.
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“The importance of protecting the underlying constitutional principle is that it is unreliable in the future office of the oath-breakers involved in the rebellion,” Ron Fein, legal director of Free Speech for People, a national election support and campaign finance reform group, told the Associated Press.
Fein said the Kathorn challenge was the first of many intended to file against other members of Congress for the coup. People for Free Speech and Our Revolutionary Group announced last week that they would urge state election administrators to prevent Trump and members of Congress from appearing in future ballots.
What’s ahead in the Cawthorn Challenge?
The filing states that the “leading national precedent” for such cases was created by the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1869, which defines “involvement” when it comes to the disqualification of a coup or rebellion under the 14th Amendment.
State law says Cawthorn has the burden to “show a preponderance of the evidence” that he is entitled to run.
In response to the challenge, Cathorn spokesman Luke Ball said “245,000 patriots in western North Carolina have elected Congressman Catherine in Washington” – a reference to their November 2020 victory in the current 11th district.
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Ball wrote in an email that “now a dozen activists who have humorously misinterpreted and distorted the 14th Amendment for political gain will not be distracted by the service.”
Kathorn, 26, became the youngest member of Congress since the election in the Far West 11th District in November 2020 and has been a social media favorite of Trump supporters. He plans to run for a new congressional district that appears to be friendly to Republicans. He formally submitted his candidacy to the state election board last month, before the filing was suspended when reinsurance lawsuits were pending.
The challenge asks the board to create a five-member committee from counties within the proposed 13th district to hear the challenge. The committee’s decision can be appealed to the state board and then to the court.
Additional documents presented to the board show that 11 voters, including four from the four counties within the new 13th District, are located in the state’s foothills from east to parts of Charlotte.
Catharine and January. 6
Days after he was sworn in to Congress, Speaking at a “Save America Rally” on a turbulent morning, Cathorn said, “The mob has a little fight in it.”
“Democrats, with all the fraud they’ve done in this election, are trying to silence your voice, without the Republicans hiding and fighting,” he said. “Make no mistake about it. They don’t want to listen to you.”
Catherine voted against authorizing Biden’s presidential victory, although he later signed a letter with other GOP members of Congress congratulating Biden. Kathorn said it was a constitutional duty to vote against them. He condemned the Capitol Violence, but likened it to the police protests of the summer of 2020.
Still, last summer Cawthorn warned North Carolinians of potential “bloodshed” in future elections, saying they “could continue to steal” and questioned whether Biden was “dutifully elected.”
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The challengers asked the board to allow Catherine to be questioned in the affidavit before the regional committee met and to subpoena him and others to obtain the documents.
“It’s easy to deny anything on Twitter or in a speech to supporters,” Fein said. “But we look forward to challenging them under oath.”
One challenger, identified as Jay Walsh of Morganton, is an unregistered voter. He made the same pledge to defend the constitution that Congress members make while he was serving in the Navy, and some of them accused him of “shaking up the democracy he vowed to protect.” Madison Cathorn’s actions are detrimental. It is robbing our country and our freedom. ”