Trey Gowdy has been at the heart of the biggest stories in Washington.
When he speaks, major news is made.
And he just dropped a game changing bombshell.
To the surprise of pundits and political observers, Gowdy announced he was retiring from Congress after 2018.
Gowdy – who chaired the Benghazi Select Committee that discovered Hillary Clinton’s private email server – had become a stalwart in fighting against the excesses of the Deep State.
His decision to head home to South Carolina was a severe blow in the fight to uphold the rule of law and expose the FBI’s abuse of power in spying on Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign.
“House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Wednesday he is not running for re-election and plans to leave politics.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, issued a statement saying he planned to retire from Congress at the end of this term and would return to working 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,” the South Carolina Republican said. “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”
Gowdy’s announcement makes him the latest Republican committee chairman to announce retirement ahead of midterm elections that are seeing a spike in Republicans headed for the exit. Unlike many other members, however, Gowdy was not facing a difficult re-election campaign in 2018.
Gowdy, who was first elected in 2010 after ousting former Rep. Bob Inglis, became chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last year after Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz left Congress.”
Gowdy tweeted a longer statement that explained he would like to return to the justice system.
There is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system. Full statement here → pic.twitter.com/7I8AApqvs1
— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) January 31, 2018
Gowdy is the 41st Republican – and ninth committee chairman – to announce his retirement.
Liberal media pundits took this as a sign that Republicans know the cake is baked and that the Democrats will win the house.
But Gowdy’s retirement came on a day when a brand new Monmouth poll showed that the Democrats’ previous lead on the generic ballot had dropped to just 2 points and Trump’s approval rating jumped up 10 points—in just one month.
Republicans political prospects are on the upswing as the effects of the tax cut bill take hold and Americans enjoy the economic boom Trump is presiding over.
But do you think Trey Gowdy should still stay in Congress?
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