The Republican Party has a chance to improve its image on Tuesday — by dumping Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC).

The scandal-ridden 26-year-old congressman is running in a crowded Republican primary that includes state Sen. Chuck Edwards. Given Cawthorn’s long list of scandals, Republican voters in his district should do the right thing and give someone else a chance to represent North Carolina’s 11th District in Washington, D.C.

Cawthorn’s first term has been tumultuous. He has been the subject of countless scandals: his defense of former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 presidential election being rigged, his allegations that Republican politicians on Capitol Hill participate in cocaine-induced orgies, the photo leaked of him wearing women’s lingerie, and the other in which he is nude and simulates sexual activity with a male friend.

The optics of all of those things are bad. However, those aren’t his only problems. Cawthorn is accused of engaging in insider trading. He has faced some legal trouble for driving with a revoked driver's license and trying to carry a loaded gun onto an airplane — twice. He has also faced many sexual misconduct allegations from his college classmates.

He spent thousands in taxpayer dollars at a luxury resort. He has missed 5.9% of his votes in Congress (the average is 2.1%). He allegedly exaggerated the scope of his real estate business, and more.

One has to wonder: How much more dirt do people have on Cawthorn?

Cawthorn is replaceable for the Republican Party. He’s not a high-ranking member of Congress. He’s not some thought leader for the conservative movement. And he represents an R+9 district, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index; a Republican not named Cawthorn should have no issue winning that seat.

If North Carolina Republicans nominate someone else and win the general election, maybe their candidate won’t receive as much attention from national media outlets, but that can be good for a community. Ideally, a freshman representative in Congress will work hard to address the people’s interests in their district. If advocating the needs of a district to help its economy doesn't warrant national attention, then so be it.

Maybe Edwards, who trailed Cawthorn 38% to 21% in a late April GOPAC poll, can provide North Carolina’s 11th District with better representation. It’s hard to imagine him having more scandals than Cawthorn.

Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports) is a political reporter for the New Boston Post in Massachusetts.