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Trey Gowdy Will Not Seek Re-election

Trey Gowdy Will Not Seek Re-election

Returning home to work in the justice system

This is unfortunate, but completely understandable news.

South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election but will return home to employ his skills in the justice system.

“Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system,” said Gowdy in a statement. “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are rewarding.”

His full statement is here:

Nikki Haley nails it, per usual:


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    Tom Servo in reply to georgfelis. | January 31, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Circuit Court, more likely. But when he says “Justice System” it definitely sounds like he’s angling for a Judgeship.

    Nice work if you can get it.

Always liked him even though he changed his hairstyle about as often as…. 🙂

Some good ones dropping off now…what’s the story in Washington?

It’s good to have term limits, but most of the ones that need to go are not the ones volunteering to leave.

I was never sure if he was a good one or just another Flake. Just expressing my ignorance and not making a judgement. He fit into the Ryan category, not sure what to think. He certainly did some good things and I wish him well.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to elle. | January 31, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Did he ever finish any of those investigative oversight committees he was appointed to head?

      I will miss his questioning, but no matter what he came up with, no matter what he showed the various targets doing, that is all it did. I get it that his powers were limited, but some of the things he has said, including just recently about Mueller being beyond reproach, leaves me wondering about him some.

      I think he is a hell of a prosecutor, might have made a very good AG, a judge position might be OK, though his style doesn’t seem to be quite right for that… other than maybe SCOTUS, due to the way they do hearings.

      It just seemed as though he talked a great game, but nothing so far has materialized out of any of the investigations he was part of. Was it the simply because of not having the teeth to do something?

      I do wish him well, and will miss his interrogations.

      It wasn’t up to him. That was up to boehner. And ryan. Which is why they were never finished.

He probably has insight into the level of fraud we’re going to see in 2018. Any push back, “racism”.

Wants to return to the “justice system”. Department of Justice system??

Probably not, but I’d like to see what he could, or would, do as Attorney General.

Please let it be so he can be appointed special prosecutor for the FISA affair.

Private practice dollars is my guess.

I’m not impressed. His one big deal was the Benghazi investigation. He huffed and puffed,and in the end provided cover for Hillary without anyone going to jail except the poor shlub who made the video. Sorry, I don’t see that as a tuff protector of the law.

Paul In Sweden | January 31, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Trey Gowdy is a great guy and the ideal person to be in the Federal Govt. This makes the situation in D.C. all the more damning. Gowdy was one of the leaders that raised hell at government malfeasance and incompetence but where are the heads on pikes and at what level of overflow has the cesspool we call the SWAMP been reduced for all this effort? Seriously, think about it. I can think of a head or two that were forced to resign with government equivalence of private sector Golden Parachutes but other than that, what?

If high caliber individuals like Trey Gowdy and his like-minded allies cannot force reform then who can?

A judgeship or high level position(cabinet?) at DOJ, FBI, DHS etc would be places where the diligence & massive efforts of Trey Gowdy will better come to fruition. Best of luck to him.

But how will we survive without Gowdy issuing public subpoenas that people ignore with impunity and never face consequences, EVER.

Insufficiently Sensitive | January 31, 2018 at 8:33 pm

Gowdy’s questioning was superb. But seems like the fix was in, favoring the Democrat stonewalling. Time for Congress to stand on its hind legs and reclaim its lost powers vs the Executive branch. An impeachment or two would be nice, if they ever recover a Senate majority to convict.

I was more impressed with Gowdy early on but as time and events went by, it looked more and more like he was giving in to the dark side. I never suspected him of anything nefarious but he left a lot of questions unanswered. He has stated he will not seek elected or judicial office. That leaves private practice.
To me something smells about this. I’m not being a backstabbing Dem but there is something that just doesn’t seem right. Like Chavetz saying he was resigning from Congress to be with his family and now is a constant TV consultant. Can it be that Gowdy is aiming for the big partner bucks?