Cawthorn, wife seek divorce

FILE - U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., leaves a House Republican Conference strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, on April 20, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn and his wife, Cristina Bayardelle, are divorcing after about a year of marriage, and a statement from Cawthorn cites the difficulty of “balancing the enormity” of transitioning to a congressman’s life.

While they agreed he should run, Cawthorn says their lives changed overnight after his election.

News outlets report the couple married in April on the anniversary of a 2014 crash that left him partly paralyzed, months after they were legally wed in December 2020.

Bayardelle told WJZY-TV she didn’t plan on the effect his political career would have on their relationship, but she says there’s no ill will.

Cawthorn, a Trump loyalist, has represented the 11th District of North Carolina, which includes the state’s westernmost counties, since January 2021.

He has said he will seek re-election but will switch to the 13th District, which stretches from western Mecklenburg County to the mountains.

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