Lib blue-checks are pretty psyched right now after POLITICO published these “exclusive” photos of GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn dressed in women’s lingerie in a public setting:

From POLITICO:

Photographs obtained by POLITICO appear to show Madison Cawthorn, the embattled Republican congressman from North Carolina who recently accused his GOP colleagues of inviting him to orgies, wearing lingerie in what appears to be a party setting.

Cawthorn, 26, was raised in a conservative Baptist community in Henderson County, North Carolina, and has staked his political persona on arch-traditional Christian principles and the insistence of the importance of a kind of hypermasculinity. His comments about “the sexual perversion” in Washington made on a podcast, which he later admitted were exaggerated, drew the public disapproval and disavowal of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as well as other Republican leaders including those in his North Carolina congressional caucus.

Apparently, the photos were provided to POLITICO by a “person formerly close to Cawthorn and his campaign”:

Cawthorn does face multiple challengers in the upcoming primary:

Cawthorn’s spox reportedly didn’t respond to POLITICO ahead of the article’s publication, but he just tweeted that these were “goofy vacation photos” from the very popular Quest game show on a Royal Caribbean cruise he went on before becoming a congressman:

The show is really one of the more fun events on a Royal Caribbean ship (Yes, this editor has been to this show, too). From Cruise Critic:

Quest is uproariously fun, supremely competitive, and it’s definitely for adults only, which is why it’s often scheduled after 11 p.m. Many cruise lines have a version of the Quest “scavenger hunt,” so check out your daily cruise planner to see when it’s scheduled. While Quest might be the worst-kept secret in cruising, some people believe that (much like Fight Club) it shouldn’t be discussed — so read on only if you don’t mind spoilers.

Politico, you’re a “garbage outlet”:

“This is a big miss from POLITICO”:

Do better, Politico:

It’s a total “nothingburger”;

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