Cocaine and orgies? Cawthorn, WNC GOP silent amid competing stories


ASHEVILLE — A day after a top Republican leader said Rep. Madison Cawthorn admitted lying about a bombshell cocaine and orgy story, a Donald Trump aligned operative has said Cawthorn denied that recanting — creating competing GOP narratives that Cawthorn has declined to weigh in on. 

Party officials in Cawthorn’s Western North Carolina 11th District have also declined to help members of the split GOP decide whom to believe about the bizarre and potentially damning claim.

“It is not the role of local GOP Party leaders to weigh in, to tell anyone who or what to believe,” Roxan Wetzel, interim vice chair of the party’s 11th District organization, said in an email.

Wetzel did not answer a follow-up question as to what she thought of the claim. Other party leaders did not respond to messages, including District 11 interim chair David Eachus, Buncombe Chair Glenda Weinert,…

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