USA Updates Ex-Cawthorne employee claims she was denied leave to care for husband
Madison Cawthorne (R-NC) is filing a complaint against a Congressman who claims she was unreasonably denied time off after two unexpected family medical emergencies, according to one leaked recording,
Lisa Wiggins, a former caseworker and campaign worker for Cawthorne, alleged that she was denied leave after her uncle’s death and that her husband suffered a heart attack the same week.
“What he did to me was illegal, morally wrong, you name it, it’s done,” Wiggins said during a phone call to David Wheeler—cofounder of American Muckers PAC, also known as Fire Madison Cawthorne. is called.
The recording of the call was published online by SmokeyMountain News,
According to Wiggins, Cawthorne Violated family and medical leave act, Which allows eligible employees to take unpaid and job-protected leave for “specified family and medical reasons,” including the birth of a child and caring for a spouse, child, or parent of an employee with a serious health condition.
Wiggins accused Cawthorne of not caring about his constituents, saying that meeting with him was nearly impossible “unless he’s trying to pull some votes and that’s the only way.”
He claimed the congressional office in Hendersonville, NC was filled with more wine bottles than water bottles. According to Wiggins, that office was the only district office open after everyone else was closed.
“He didn’t have enough casework to keep them,” she said. “They didn’t care, they didn’t care about their constituents. he does not care.”
Cawthorne has been under investigation for several months over allegations of sexual assault or harassment, as well as his recent claims that his associates regularly snort cocaine and throw orgies.
“As far as the candidate himself, I mean, he’s just a bad person,” Wiggins said. “He’s a habitual liar and he’s going to say and do anything to your face, but behind your back he’s the exact opposite. I have some good stories – lots of good stories.”
It’s unclear whether Wiggins had formally submitted the complaint by Monday, and it is expected to be handled by Congress’s Office of Workplace Rights, executive assistant Glenna Dupree told Smoky Mountain News.
Since the complaint would be confidential once it was filed, Dupree was unable to confirm or deny its existence.
Cawthorne will face seven other candidates in the May 17 Republican primary to represent the district in this fall’s midterm election, and at least one of her fellow lawmakers — Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) — won Cawthorne’s primary. One is supported. challengers
Tillis said late last month, “Unfortunately, Madison Cawthorne has fallen far short of the most basic standards of what western North Carolina expects from its representatives, and voters now have several deserving candidates, one of whom will be a significant improvement.” ”
“I believe [state Sen.] Chuck Edwards is the best choice,” he said, adding that Edwards “puts his constituents first” and is a “hardworking conservative leader”.
In the leaked recording, Wiggins stated that the “ultimate goal” is to get Cawthorne out of office.
“I’ve been working harder here than in their campaign two years ago, and I mean, I worked really hard two years ago,” she said.
Cawthorne’s office described the allegations as “verifiedly false,” telling The Post that “the person spreading these hateful allegations is currently working for Congressman Cawthorne’s primary opponent.”
“We believe these comments potentially amount to defamation of character, and are exploring options to ensure that the congressman’s name emerges from these reprehensible comments,” said communications director Luke Ball.