Kirsters Baish| The Republican Party has had fewer politicians in recent years to be more proud of than Trey Gowdy. That’s why Americans were shocked to hear that Gowdy would be retiring from Congress.
Fox News reported that the South Carolina Republican Representative and chairman of the House Oversight Committee made the announcement on Wednesday, explaining that he would be leaving Congress when his term was up. This story has put Gowdy in headlines as the most recent high profile committee chairman to decide against going for re-election.
Gowdy released a statement on the matter in which he stated, “I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system.”
Back in 2010, the former federal prosecutor was elected into Congress. It didn’t take long for Gowdy to make a name for himself after taking part in the investigation into the Obama administration scandals while on the Oversight Committee. He then served as the chairman of the House Select Committee on the Benghazi hearings.
We are now learning the real reason why Gowdy has ultimately decided to leave Congress once and for all, and it may not have been something you saw coming.
The Washington Examiner reported:
I have a feeling a good amount of Americans would disagree with the phrase “lousy politician.”
The following video is a small recap of some of Gowdy’s work in the political world.
Seems to me that Gowdy is just about the opposite of a lousy politician.
There has also been talk that Gowdy may be looking into becoming a judge.
The Daily Caller reported that GOP Representative Gowdy was offered a federal judgeship last year. Gowdy, a four-tern Republican, made the announcement this past Wednesday that he will be retiring from Congress once and for all. This announcement came just a day after Judge Dennis She’d of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals assumed senior status. This is a form of quasi-retirement. During senior status, judges leave active service but still take part in certain cases. With the timing being so close together, many are wondering if Gowdy is looking to become a judge.
A source close to Gowdy told the DCNF, “He is not planning on becoming a judge. He was approached months ago and turned it down.” The source went on to explain that Gowdy would be returning to private practice.
Trey Gowdy has gone on the record having said that being a prosecutor is very important to him.
Mediaite reported that Gowdy’s announcement was a total shock to many Americans, however the congressman stated, “I enjoy the justice system more. I enjoy being fair… I was a pretty good prosecutor, I think, but I’ve been a pretty lousy politician.” Gowdy was questioned as to why he believes that, and he answered“I see multiple sides of a single issue. And the fact that someone disagrees with me does not make me challenge their love of the country. It doesn’t make me believe that they’re corrupt. I’ve got a lot of friends on the other side of the aisle.”
We will miss Gowdy in Congress, but we wish him the best. Does this mean Trey Gowdy will be the next head of the FBI … time will tell 😉