Rep. Madison Cawthorn marries fiancée Cristina Bayardelle in private ceremony

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North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn married fiancée Cristina Bayardelle over the weekend in a private ceremony.

The 25-year-old politician rose to prominence after defeating former President Donald Trump's handpicked candidate in the 2020 Republican primary, before winning his seat for the current term.

A handful of photos and a video appeared online from the event, which occurred seven years to the day that he was crippled in a car accident. Cawthorn himself tweeted photos showing him standing up during the ceremony.

In a statement, Cawthorn said, "Marrying Cristina Bayardelle, now Cristina Cawthorn, is the greatest honor, privilege, and adventure of my life. I am so grateful to celebrate this occasion surrounded by so many friends and family."

Cawthorn introduced his fiancée to the public in a tweet from October that described Bayardelle as an anesthesiologist assistant and a CrossFit athlete.

Bayardelle said that the couple met through a mutual friend and "hit it off," and after four months "knew he was the one."  

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Cawthorn said in the video that he had "never seen a girl do that many pullups at one time."

Cawthorn spent months learning how to kneel so he could propose – a difficult task after a 2014 car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, according to The Focus.

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The ceremony came a month after the congressman faced renewed allegations of sexual misconduct from his time at college.

Such allegations were made last year, during the campaign, but a handful of women recently spoke out about Cawthorn inviting them on "fun drives" where he would make sexual advances.

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Cawthorn continues to insist that he has "never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life."

Fox News' Morgan Philips contributed to this report.