Defeated Rep. Madison Cawthorn picks up new million-dollar home in Florida

Outgoing Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., has reportedly purchased home in Florida for more than a million dollars in an apparent departure from his home state of North Carolina.

Cawthorn is a divisive member of Congress who was defeated in a Republican primary after serving just one term earlier this year. He will leave office in January. Cawthorn’s new 2,281 sq. ft. home in Cape Coral, Florida, set him back $1,120,000. The home features three bedrooms, a pool and a spa, according to Realtor.com.

Cawthorn’s tenure on Capitol Hill was as tumultuous as it was brief, with the 27-year-old infamously claiming to have been invited to orgies on Capitol Hill. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy then called him in for a meeting, and Cawthorn soon said he had made up the story.

A highly visible member, Cawthorn was considered a rising star in the GOP when he took office before a string of controversies cost him his standing with more senior Republicans like Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. A super PAC affiliated with Tillis spent hundreds of thousands of dollars against Cawthorn during the primary.

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference at the Capitol Hill Club on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
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Representative Madison Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Friday, July 9, 2021. Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the the three-day conference, titled “America UnCanceled.” Photographer: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Cawthorn was most recently spotted at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night, attending former President Donald Trump’s speech announcing his candidacy for president in 2024.

His move to Florida may be a play to be closer to the Trump nerve center as the campaign gets underway, though Cape Coral is a roughly 3-hour drive from Trump’s resort.

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Trump endorsed Cawthorn in his primary against Chuck Edward, but he was nonetheless defeated. His re-election effort was plagued with the release of a series of salacious videos and images showing him partying with friends.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
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Cawthorn has maintained a low profile in Washington since losing his primary.

Fox News’ Houston Keene contributed to this report.