Controversial Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-North Carolina), who infamously accused senior Republican lawmakers of inviting him to cocaine-filled orgies, is seen in women’s lingerie in photographs at a party, which have just been published.

Cawthorn on Twitter appeared to acknowledge the integrity of the photos, suggesting the images came from a game he participated in during a cruise trip.

Cawthorn further made light of the photos by asking followers to share their embarrassing vacation photos by calling them “goofy vacation photos” taken well before he decided to run for Congress. 

The 26-year-old lawmaker has been highly vocal in the past about his traditional Christian beliefs and has urged the U.S. government to uphold Christian principles. 

Cawthorn is seeking reelection in North Carolina’s westernmost district. He’s been the target of many opponents looking to unseat the first-term congressman who has the backing of former President Donald Trump.

He is running against seven GOP opponents. State Sen. Chuck Edwards and local GOP official Michele Woodhouse seem to have the most support among his opponents.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), state Senate leader Phil Berger (R) and state House Speaker Tim Moore (R) are among North Carolina’s top elected GOP officials opposing Cawthorn’s run and are instead supporting Edwards. It’s unusual for a sitting member of Congress to have strong opposition within their party during primaries.

If no candidate gets over 30% of the vote in the May 17 primary, the two highest vote-getters will square off in a July runoff.

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