If you're a Republican in Congress, it seems leaving is the cool thing to do. Trey Gowdy, who gained political prominence from his investigative roles during the Benghazi and Hillary Clinton email scandals, has announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2018. He instead said his intentions were to return to the justice system. Gowdy is one of an unusually high number of Republicans who will not be returning after the 2018 midterms.
Gowdy was a rising star amongst Republicans, and was at one point even considered a dark horse candidate for Speaker of the House.
"Gowdy gained prominence in Washington for his role in running the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Gowdy also engaged in highly publicized questioning of former FBI Director James Comey during the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails."https://t.co/ke5P4OSVoP— Dan Sanderson (@DanSanderson10) January 31, 2018
There's a record number of Republicans choosing not to run again in the midterm elections.
Trey Gowdy is the ninth House committee chairman not to seek re-election. The overall list of GOP Senators and Representatives retiring include:— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 31, 2018
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen https://t.co/yoFHLU3kqt
Gowdy's intentions aren't hard to figure out...
For liberals, the situation is rather bittersweet.
Folks don’t celebrate too much! Gowdy is angling for a lifetime judicial appointment.— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) January 31, 2018
"Gowdy" means both hello and goodbye in South Carolinian— Ruth Graham (@publicroad) January 31, 2018
Gowdy's appointment may not be a sure thing, however.
As for Gowdy, many are suggesting he may be angling for appointment to the 4th Circuit as a judge. Perhaps so, but politician-to-federal-court transitions are becoming increasingly rare for a reason. Will be a heavy lift for the Senate.— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) January 31, 2018
The moral of the story: Trey Gowdy may be leaving Congress, but Americans haven't seen the last of him. Far from it.
Gowdy has been on record for several years as mulling retirement to return back home to SC. If he wants to continue in elective politics he would be a major contender for SC AG or Gov, even granting that the SC state GOP is basically one long ongoing knife-fight gang war.— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) January 31, 2018