A staffer for Republican West Virginia Congressman David McKinley filed an ethics complaint against GOP North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn after a heated exchange between the two in McKinley’s office, Politico reports.
Cawthorn allegedly told the staffer to lower her voice when addressing a member of Congress after Cawthorn showed up at McKinley’s office to tell McKinley to remove Cawthorn’s name as a co-sponsor of a bill. McKinley was not in the office when Cawthorn made his unscheduled visit Thursday and Cawthorn apparently took his anger out on McKinley’s staff.
Cawthorn and McKinley took their feud to the House floor later in the day, with the pair loudly exchanging insults and some onlookers fearing that the argument would lead to blows being exchanged.
Cawthorn’s anger apparently stemmed from the fact that McKinley’s staff told him that he could go to a Congressional online portal to remove his name from the bill himself; Cawthorn thought it was McKinley’s responsibility to do it. Cawthorn asked McKinley’s staff if their boss “was that guy with the mustache that nobody f—ing knows.”
Cawthorn then rolled up to McKinley on the House floor and asked him in a loud voice, “What is your name?” to which McKinley responded, “You know damn well who I am.”