Speaker Gowdy? Buzz Grows Over South Carolina Congressman

Speaker Gowdy? Buzz Grows Over South Carolina Congressman

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks with the media on the East Front of the Capitol after a vote in the House, July 31, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressman Trey Gowdy is no stranger to hard work.

As a former District Attorney and Federal Prosecutor in South Carolina, Gowdy regularly handled difficult and complex cases. Since coming to D.C., Gowdy has made a name for himself while diligently investigating the Benghazi attack, all while developing favorable relationships with members in both the “establishment” and “conservative” wings of the Republican Party.

Now, some want Gowdy to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House, or, if House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wins the post, for Gowdy to take over as House Majority Leader. McCarthy also happens to be one of the “establishment” leaning members Gowdy has won over and considers a close friend.

According to Politico:

“A group of Republican lawmakers is urging South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to run for House majority leader, a move that could scramble the race for the No. 2 slot in leadership.

At this point, public support is small. New York Rep. Lee Zeldin and Utah Rep. Mia Love have endorsed the former federal prosecutor, while Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Gowdy would be “heaven sent” as majority leader.”

Chafetz also believes Gowdy would be an ideal Speaker of the House.

“At this time and this place he would be the best person to unite our party. He’s exceptionally well liked, people trust him (and) when it comes to making the case on the floor of the House there is nobody better than Trey Gowdy,” Chaffetz said. “I don’t know he is planning to stay (in Congress) long-term and that’s part of the appeal of Trey Gowdy. Trey Gowdy is unique in his ability to bring the most conservative members together with the most moderate.”

Gowdy, along with House members like Dave Brat of Virginia and Curt Clawson of Florida, have strong support for a leadership bid from the conservative grassroots.

In a statement to Conservative Intelligence Briefing, Gowdy’s Communications Director Amanda Duvall says the South Carolina Congressman is focused on Benghazi but is grateful for the encouragement regarding the possibility of serving in leadership. House GOP members will meet tonight to talk about the issue.

“Chairman Gowdy is focused on the Benghazi Committee and will serve in that capacity so long as the Committee exists,” Duvall said. “He appreciates the confidence of his colleagues and looks forward to tonight’s Conference discussion.”

Gowdy was elected in 2010 after defeating an incumbent Congressman. Some have advocated that the new Speaker come from a recent Congressional class instead of someone who has been in D.C. for a long time.

According to Breitbart:

“I would suggest someone who’s been elected less than three times,” (Senator Rand) Paul said when asked who should replace Boehner. “I think really that we need some new blood in leadership and that would go a long way towards shaking things up. If you just go to the next person in line—which is likely to happen—then it’s just more of the same. People who stick around long enough to rise to that level are I think not strong enough to make the change that’s needed to take the fight to the president.”

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Trey Gowdy..ABSOLUTELY !!!! & if NOT..& when Conservatives gain the White House.
    He’s the MOST QUALIFIED to be the Head of the Dept. of Justice..Then, AFTER CRUZ & CARSON…Move up to the White House !! I’m 85 & know I’m NOT like Methusalah..So chances I may not be around to see ALL that..But, CRUZ & CARSON.
    I JUST MIGHT..
    Be a hellava ‘goin’ away’ party..TYVM !!

  2. Gowdy would be a terrific choice. The only downside might be that he would have to relinquish his investigative committee going after the truth of Benghazi and other matters.

    • I doubt Gowdy would ever give up that bone. He has worked too hard to let victory slip through his fingers. He is just too honest and diligent to change course at this point.

      • And, that in a nutshell, may be one more reason Bonehead resigned. He knows the investigation is coming to a close and wants his “hand-picked” dummy to step right into his position. He could not afford to wait. I still think there is some blackmail or favor for his decision.

  3. I Know Trey Gowdy Would Be An Awesome Speaker, But He Isn’t Running For The Position, :( He Would Definitely Stand Up To The Lawless Obozo, n His Libtard Agendas

  4. Heck yes Trey Gowdy would be an excellent man to take house Majority, he seems to be an honest man with integrity

  5. Yes! Trey Gowdy to take Boehner’s position, no holds barred he is the one who would not let the dems win at every turn.

  6. HE WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT CHOICE BUT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IT TAKES MORE THAT ONE PERSON TO DO THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. HE WILL NEED THE HELP OF THE OTHER PEOPLE , YOU CANT LEAVE IT UP TO ONE , THERE IS TO MUCH INNER TURMOIL AND COMPETITIVENESS AMOUNG THE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES. YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO WORK TOGETHER AND BACK EACH OTHER AND THAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE YET , I HATE TO SEE A GREAT MAN LIKE GOUDY GO IN AND NOT BE BACKED BUT BE CONDEMNED BY THOSE WHO DO NOT LIKE HIS WAYS , THAT IS THE PAST HISTORY TO THE HOUSE OF CONGRESS , ITS A COMPETITIVE HOUSE WHERE EVERYONE THINKS THEY ARE THE BEST AND MY WAY OR NO WAY , GOUDY WOULD BE GREAT IF HE IS BACKED BY THE ENTIRE PARTY NOT JUST SOME OF THEM.

  7. Trey would be great, but my though is he would serve the GOP better for now , if he could work to rap up and try hard to get a enditement and conviction of Hillary.

  8. Love this guy Gowdy…America needs him to straighten out our Govt. that Barak Hussein OBOWEL has ruined. God bless Trey! (any relation to Kurt that did the Red Sox games?)

  9. Trey Gowdy for Speaker…..great choice to battle Obama. Lets Tweet and show him the people want him. Draft him, show him he’s wanted for this spot.

  10. I Agree, Trey Gowdy would make a great Speaker, He is the FIGHTER WE NEED TO STOP THE GROWTH OF THIS BIG GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON..

  11. He’s an easy pick. Remember that Mr. “Boner” is backing that McCarthy guy. Anybody backed by Boner should be an automatic NO.

  12. Trey is a wonderful leader, a man who allows God to lead his life. Perhaps he can continue the work he has done and get Hillary convicted,as well serving as Majority Leader

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