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Trey Gowdy Makes Stunning Announcement: He’s Leaving Politics

| JAN 31, 2018 | 10:10 AM

On Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced he would not be running for re-election to the House.

Here’s his statement:

“Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to the people of South Carolina for the privilege of representing them in the House of Representatives. The Upstate of South Carolina has an incredible depth and breadth of assets including numerous women and men capable of representing us. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve in the People’s House and-prior to Congress-to advocate on behalf of justice in our court systems.

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. 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. As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.

There is no perfect time to make this announcement, but with filing opening in six weeks, it is important to give the women and men in South Carolina who might be interested in serving ample time to reflect on the decision.

To my wife, Terri, and our two children, Watson and Abigail: thank you for all you sacrificed, missed, or did alone so I could serve as both a prosecutor and a member of the House.

To my parents and my three sisters: thank you for having confidence in me and high expectations for me, even when I did not.

To the women and men I worked with at the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the United States District Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and in Congress: thank you for the texture, depth and joy you added to life.

To the law enforcement officers and victims of crime: thank you for personifying courage.

To those across South Carolina and our country who, over the past 7 years, have expressed words of encouragement, accountability and even criticism: thank you. All are needed for those in public service.

The book of Ecclesiastes teaches us there is a time and a season for all things. There is a time to start and a time to end. 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.”

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  1. Congressman Gowdy, your presence shall be missed. I can’t imagine congress moving forward without your driving force on so many issues. Being a retired military man I speak from experience when I say you have no idea the lives you have touched, the significance changes you have had a hand in world wide. Congressman, I know it’s selfish of me to ask but I’m not sure you can be replaced. Please look back on the impact you have had on this country, you have truly changed it for the better at a time when a lot of us thought all was lost.

    Good luck in your future endeavors
    God bless

  2. Oh say it isn’t so. You Jason and who’s next? With out you I give up all hope, we are doomed ! Good luck on your next mission…

  3. Gowdy would make an excellent Attorney General and who knows, he might just get that mess at DOJ and the FBI cleaned up.

  4. Drain Swamp Iowa! You Tube: Iowa Corrupt Judges Courts Police, & Iowa Corrupt Judges Courts Police 2. Evidence of Official Misconduct is Posted but oversight authorities remain depravedly indifferent. Iowa lacks objectivity.

  5. I hard heard that Mr.Gowdy has been going to leave for over a month on you-tube. WHAT GIVE’S? Have not you all heard? Was it just hear say? Would like to know why so many Republicans are getting out? Swamp Critters? Heading for their Bunkers? I don”t know. Wish I did.

  6. At least try one last time to depose Mike O’Reilly and leave office on the high note
    of putting Barack Obama and Eric Holder in prison for treason.
    Mike O’Reilly is not being hidden by president Trump.

  7. I pray for the release of the Memo. I pray the reason for Gowdy’s departure is to seek a position within government (AG or SCOTUS) to help #MAGA. But I wonder what affect the Memo had on a man of true integrity…to see what Barnhardt refers to as the “former” USA has become…and I think of the Barnhardt Axiom: “The fact that a given person is holding or seeking high-level public office is, in and of itself, proof that said person is morally and/or psychologically UNFIT to hold public office.” And I think today is as good a day to fast and pray as any other…

  8. All the retirements are part of draining the swamp. Most likely Gowdy a hidden in background swamp creature

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