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After Cawthorn abandons files, Edwards seeks constituent service cases

Newly installed Congressman Chuck Edwards on Monday asked anyone with outstanding or unfinished casework to get in touch with his office at 202-225-6401 or 828-435-7310.

Former U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn did not transfer official constituent casework, which is standard practice for any legislative transition. Because of this lack of information, Edwards and his staff have no way of knowing which constituents had ongoing casework or other outstanding federal issues. Despite repeated attempts to reach Cawthorn and his staff over the past month, no response or action was provided.

The deadline for Cawthorn to sign over the database was Friday, Dec. 23, and House rules provide that the outgoing member must execute the transfer process.

“I ran on the issue of providing the best constituent service possible for the people of Western North Carolina,” Edwards said. “I ask that anyone with any pending casework contact my office immediately. I would like to ensure that our veterans, the elderly, the infirm and others who need help get the full benefit of the services they are entitled to."