Editor’s Note: On June 23rd, Madison Cawthorn defeated Lynda Bennett to become the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district race. Cawthorn will face Democrat Morris (Moe) Davis in the general election Nov. 3. When then-Congressman Mark Meadows stunned his constituents last winter with plans to abandon his seat to become White House chief of staff, he was already secretly assisting family-friend Lynda Bennett of Maggie Valley in getting a running start to succeed him. In the predawn of December 19, before most folks in Western North Carolina had rubbed sleep from their eyes or learned of Meadows’ overnight announcement, Bennett issued a press release announcing her candidacy and boasting of endorsements from Meadows and his loyalists in the Asheville Tea Party. She went live with a campaign website that the Smoky Mountain News later found to have been two months in the making with the assistance of Meadows’ brother.
But if she intended this political equivalent of a shock-and-awe move just hours before the filing deadline to discourage potential rivals, it fizzled. Indeed, many campaign observers say it may well have backfired and hobbled a campaign that seems to be falling far short of its plan to install Bennett as chosen inheritor of Meadow’s seat.
The Maggie Valley businesswoman’s hopes to inherit the congressional seat held by Mark Meadows may be jeopardized by the upstart newcomer Madison Cawthorn.READ MORE >