Leaked Phone Call Fuels Controversy Around Cawthorn
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A former staffer for Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) has filed a complaint against him, claiming that he wrongfully terminated her after denying her family and medical leave — which the lawmaker has vehemently denied.
Lisa Wiggins, who was a caseworker for Cawthorn for more than a year, claimed that the 26-year-old lawmaker’s Hendersonville office has “more liquor bottles than water bottles.”
Wiggins aired her grievances in a recorded phone call with David Wheeler, president of the PAC known as Fire Madison Cawthorn, accusing him of “denying me my FMLA” leave after her uncle died and her husband had a heart attack in the same week.
“He’s just a bad person, he’s a habitual liar, and he’s going to say and do anything he can to your face, but behind your back it’s completely opposite,” Wiggins said in the call.
Wiggins was unaware that the phone call was being recorded.
Cawthorn has vehemently denied all of Wiggins’ claims.
“These accusations are verifiably false. The individual spreading these disgusting allegations is currently working for a primary opponent of Congressman Cawthorn. We believe these comments potentially amount to defamation of character, and are exploring options to ensure the Congressman’s name emerges from these slanderous remarks unscathed,” a spokesperson for Cawthorn said in a statement.
The complaint filed against Cawthorn comes as the lawmaker also faces legal trouble for repeatedly driving with a revoked license.