So far, he’s squeaky clean, but the left-wing destruction machine isn’t in full nuclear attack mode yet. They will be soon and we’ll learn that Gowdy is an awful person. He’s a racist – why? Because he married a white woman (a female of no-color). He’s homophobic because he married a woman (weren’t there any men around?), and he’s anti-feminist because he has children (OMG, why didn’t he just abort them?). And he’s a (gasp) Southern Baptist so he’s got to be a religious nutcase. And that’s just for starters, they’ll scour the earth to find something, anything to attack him over.
Even though I’m not a fan of Speaker Boehner, tan John finally did something right. And he had some words of wisdom that the democrats might take to heart, “Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come,” the speaker said in a statement Monday. “His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel.” Even if his hair looks funny and he wears Rush ties.
We’ll see … stay tuned …
Harold Watson “Trey” Gowdy III was born on August 22, 1964 in Greenville, SC to Novalene (née Evans) and Dr. Harold Watson “Hal” Gowdy, Jr.
Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982. He earned a B.A. in history from Baylor University in 1986. He was a member of Kappa Omega Tau, a service/social Fraternity while at Baylor University. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989. In law school, he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Wig and Robe.”
Following law school, he clerked for the late John P. Gardner on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and United States District Court Judge Ross Anderson. He then went into private practice before becoming a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina.
During his six years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. In April 1994, he was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.
In February 2000, he left the United States Attorney’s Office to run for 7th Circuit Solicitor. The 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office is essentially the District Attorney for the state of South Carolina’s 7th Circuit in criminal cases.He defeated incumbent Solicitor Holman Gossett in the Republican primary. No other party even put up a candidate, ensuring his election in November.
He twice won reelection, in 2004 and 2008, to the office of county solicitor for the state’s seventh judicial circuit, where he sought the death penalty in seven cases and won them all, according to the National Journal.
As 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. During his tenure, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.
He was recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.
Representative Gowdy, who rode the conservative tea party wave into Congress in 2010, prefers to call himself “a prosecutor not a politician.”
Trey Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.
Representing South Carolina’s 4th District, Representative Gowdy serves on the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ethics, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the Judiciary Committee. In these capacities, Representative Gowdy has fought to highlight facts, uphold the Constitution, rein in the ever-expanding scope of the federal government, and restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty, fairness and reason.
Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have two children: Watson and Abigail. Terri works for the Spartanburg School District as a teacher’s aide. She is a former Miss Spartanburg and finalist for Miss South Carolina.
Watson is a sophomore at Clemson University and Abigail is a rising 10th grader at Spartanburg High School.
The Gowdy family also includes three dogs: “Judge”, “Jury” and “Bailiff.” So he’s got a sense of humor too!
OK, so he’s supposed to be a conservative. Is he? Make up your own mind. Even though he’s not running for national office (yet), I thought that knowing more about his positions on national issues could help flesh out who the man is – and how he is likely to perceive things brought out during the Benghazi investigation. So, following are a few of Gowdy’s positions on various issues – from On The Issues. More detail on each item is available on the website.
- Pro-life plus: revisit Roe v. Wade & incentivize adoption. (Nov 2010)
- Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
- Ban abortions for sex selection or race selection. (Dec 2011)
- Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
- Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
- No family planning assistance that includes abortion. (Jan 2013)
Budget & Economy
- Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
- Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
- Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
- Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
- Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
- Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jan 2013)
Energy & Oil
- Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
- Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
- Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
- Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)
- Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)
- The “takings clause” should not allow governments to take private property for non-public purposes.
- Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
- Energy taxes like “cap and trade” or other “carbon taxes” will further penalize American industry and drive more jobs overseas.
- Rated -3 by AAI, indicating an anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
- Read the 9th and 10th Amendments; stick to enumerated powers. (Aug 2010)
- Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
- Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
- Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
- Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
- No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
- Sufficient federal gun laws in place already. (Nov 2010)
- Strongly favors absolute right to gun ownership
- Threat of a national takeover is looming. (Nov 2010)
- Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
- Voted YES on repealing the “Prevention and Public Health” slush fund. (Apr 2011)
- Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
- Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
- Secure the border; it’s respect for the rule of law. (Aug 2010)
- Congress has repeatedly dropped the ball on immigration reform. We must secure the border, enforce existing laws, and have an immigration policy that is fair, compassionate toward the politically persecuted but above all enforced.
- Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
- Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
- Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)
- Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Welfare & Poverty
- Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
So, now that you know a little more about Trey Gowdy, what do you think that his chances are of getting to the bottom of the Benghazi incident?
I know for sure that I wouldn’t want him prosecuting me.
I’ve got some advice to Obama, Biden, Hillary, Rice, and Carney … be afraid … be very afraid.