Madison Cawthorn’s claim about Naval Academy develops misconception – Citizen Times

12August 2020

The narrative produced by Republican congressional-candidate Madison Cawthorn paints an image of a bright, boy headed to the U.S. Naval Academy until he was significantly injured in a vehicle crash.”Madison was homeschooled in Hendersonville and was nominated to the Naval Academy by Rep. Mark Meadows in 2014,”according to the 11th District candidate’s website.”However, Madison’s plans were hindered that year after he nearly died in an awful vehicle accident that left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair.”

However in a 2017 sworn deposition acquired by AVL Guard dog, Cawthorn

confessed his application to the academy had actually already been declined before the crash. The campaign did not comment, despite duplicated demands over several days. ► Cawthorn takes hard right turn, calls Asheville reparation strategy ‘racist’ The Naval Academy recommendation is a key part of the 25-year-old’s public portrait, including prominently in his project speeches and interviews. Cawthorn bewares to say he was nominated and that his strategies were “thwarted” by the crash, two statements that when taken together develop the impression he was headed to Annapolis to attend the prominent academy were it not for the 2014 crash.

But– after extensive screening by the academy’s choice committee that consists of physical conditioning, leadership capabilities and performance in school and on standardized tests– hardly 1 in 5 of the candidates wins consultation and goes into the academy. Cawthorn was among those turned down.

Yet he has actually not publicly fixed the misimpression that he would have entered the academy in the class of 2018 were it not for the auto crash. Nor has he tried to remedy many TV recruiters who, in their introductions, frequently repeat the phrase that his aspiration was “thwarted” by his injuries.

His campaign site and Instagram page consist of a picture of Cawthorn using a Navy sweatshirt and another of him taking part in a training workout with others, all in the group wearing military fatigues and inflatable coats pulling boats onto a beach. Cawthorn calls the group “my squad.”

Crash and aftermath

Cawthorn, then 18, was a guest in an SUV driven by his buddy, Bradley Ledford, that crashed while returning to North Carolina from a spring holiday trip in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol accident report, Ledford confessed “dozing off” while driving, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an abutment. The automobile burst into flames. Cawthorn spent much of the next year undergoing surgeries and treatment. Treatment for pain in his legs continued more than 3 years later, he stated in the deposition.

Ledford’s insurance coverage provider, Auto-Owners Insurance coverage, provided Cawthorn $3 million, the policy limitation, to cover his treatments and settle the claim within days of the crash, according to testament and court records. But under the guidance of his attorney, Cawthorn at first balked at accepting the $3 million and took legal action against Ledford’s insurer for $30 million for acting in bad faith.

“Yes, sir,” Cawthorn replied.

The legal representative continued: “Was it– it was before the accident?”

Cawthorn addressed: “It was, sir.”

Cawthorn did not respond to multiple emailed requests for comment from AVL Guard dog.

The project press secretary, Angela Nicholas, replied Aug. 8 that”we will get you something as quickly as it is ready.”A follow-up request for comment Aug. 9 received no reply. Unsuccessful time at college The candidate also exposed in the deposition that he had actually been not successful in his later registration at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, a little evangelical Christian school typically participated in by homeschoolers and that has a credibility for effectively putting graduates into high federal government positions.

After entering the school in August 2016 to study political science, he left after one semester and earned mostly D’s, Cawthorn affirmed, mostly since his injuries disrupted his capability to find out.

When the insurance-company attorney asked him the factor for leaving Patrick Henry, Cawthorn responded with a single word: “Heartbreak.” He included that his then-fiancé left him for another schoolmate, speculating it was since she “didn’t agree my mom.”

Cawthorn said he thought about applying to 2 other schools with online programs, the Harvard Extension School and Liberty University, but didn’t follow through.

► Madison Cawthorn beats Trump choose for NC’s 11th District in Republican politician runoff election ► With 2nd main underway, Cawthorn addresses voting in-person, by mail options ► Asheville, WNC congressional prospects react to Russian bounty, take aim at Trump, Russians The reasons for the Naval Academy’s rejection of Cawthorn are personal. One of the admission requirements is a student’s efficiency on the Scholastic Ability Test– the three-test SAT of a trainee’s abilities in mathematics,

verbal understanding and writing– needed by numerous institution of higher learnings. A best score is 800. Under questioning from the legal representative, Cawthorn said he thought he had gotten a 590 in mathematics, a 620 in verbal and a 650 in writing. Highly selective colleges and universities such as the federal academies generally

expect applicants to achieve scores in those tests of 700 or above. After his quick stint in college, Cawthorn has actually stated he ended up being a little entrepreneur associated with real estate and other investments. At the time of the deposition, nevertheless, Cawthorn testified that he had no job which his only earnings originated from a$700 monthly Social Security special needs payment. When Burge pressed him about financial investment income made from the insurance coverage settlement, Cawthorn stated the financial investments were dealt with by his older sibling, Zachary Cawthorn, a professional monetary adviser. Cawthorn is the sole owner and employee of a financial investment firm called SPQR LLC, created in August 2019. On the monetary disclosure form he filed as needed by all prospects, he reported no income from it. In the 2017 deposition, Cawthorn said the only jobs he had held to that point was as a supervisor in a Chick-fil-A restaurant while a teenager, and after the mishap as a staff assistant in then-U.S. Rep. Meadows’district office. ► Boyle column: Did Mark Meadows fudge his degree

? Excerpts from Cawthorn’s deposition appeared on the information-sharing app Reddit over the weekend. AVL Guard dog obtained a complete copy of the deposition, which was filed in federal court in Orlando in combination with Cawthorn’s suit versus the insurance coverage carrier. The lawyer’s questioning about the journey that ended in the crash likewise revealed that Cawthorn and his pal, Ledford, had participated in the unsafe practice of switching seats while driving on the highway, from the guest seat to the motorist’s seat and vice versa. There was no tip in the deposition that the two pals were changing seats when

their SUV crashed, and the state trooper reported no evidence that Ledford, the motorist, was hindered by alcohol or other compounds. Cawthorn stated the two” changed positions”while the car remained in motion”to save time. “Asked why, he attributed it to being 18 when he, like others of that age, felt” invincible.””And now, recalling undoubtedly, I see that there was some major problems with doing that.” AVL Guard dog is a nonprofit news group producing stories that matter to Asheville and Buncombe

County. Tom Fiedler is previous executive editor of The Miami Herald and a Pulitzer Prize-winning political reporter. He resides in Asheville.Contact us at citizen-times. com

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