A group comprised of 11 North Carolina voters filed a lawsuit to disqualify GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn from running for a second term, saying his participation in the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 helped spark the Capitol riot that took place on the same day. The Hill reports.
The suit filed to the State Board of Elections by the group Free Speech For People, claims that Cawthorn’s speech at the rally violated the 14th Amendment, which states that no person “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.”
“As set forth in our complaint, the publicly available evidence, including Representative Cawthorn’s own statements and reports that he or his office coordinated with the January 6 organizers, establish reasonable suspicion that Representative Cawthorn aided the insurrection, thereby disqualifying him from federal office. We look forward to asking him about his involvement under oath,” said Ron Fein, who is the legal director of the group.
Read more at The Hill.