Trey Gowdy, a conservative favorite, shocked the political world recently when he announced he’s retiring from Congress.
From Fox News:
South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term, becoming the latest high-profile committee chairman to opt against re-election.
“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,” Gowdy said in a statement.
The former federal prosecutor was elected to Congress in 2010. He quickly gained fame for his role in investigating Obama administration scandals on the Oversight Committee and then as the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Now, we are learning a little bit more about the reason for his departure. It might surprise you.
From Washington Examiner:
“I enjoy the justice system, I enjoy being fair. I enjoy the pursuit of fairness as a virtue. And I’m just more comfortable in that system,” he said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”
“My wife hates it when I say this, but I was a pretty good prosecutor, I think. I’ve been a pretty lousy politician. I’ve done it for seven years, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to do it.”
A lot of people out there will probably disagree with him on that.
Here’s a little recap of some of Gowdy’s work.
Doesn’t sound very lousy does he?
There is some speculation out there that Gowdy wants to be a judge.
From The Daily Caller:
GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina was offered a federal judgeship in 2017, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
The four-term Republican announced Wednesday that he will retire from Congress, just one day after Judge Dennis Shedd of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals assumed senior-status, a form of quasi-retirement under which judges leave active service while still participating in a handful of cases. The timing prompted speculation that Gowdy, a career prosecutor, would be tapped to succeed Shedd.
“He is not planning on becoming a judge,” a source close to the congressman told TheDCNF. “He was approached months ago and turned it down.” The source added that he will return to private practice.
Gowdy has gone on the record saying being a prosecutor is what he loves best.
Sounds like he just doesn’t feel like playing the political games anymore.
Gowdy’s announcement came as a shock to a lot of people, but the South Carolina congressman explained, “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.”
When asked why he thinks that, Gowdy said, “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.”
He also made a point of saying too much of politics is about “winning” over the actual process.
He will be missed. But, it’s hard to blame him.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]