Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced Monday that he had removed himself as a candidate to replace fired FBI Director James Comey.
Gowdy, a former state and federal prosecutor, had been mentioned as a possible successor to Comey, who was dismissed last week by President Trump.
In a statement, Gowdy said he spoke to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday and shared “my firm conviction that I would not be the right person” for the job.
Gowdy added that the FBI deserves a director “with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth,” adding that he was confident such a person will emerge.
Over the weekend, Justice Department officials interviewed several candidates to replace Comey as director, including former Rep. Mike Rogers; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson; and Fran Townsend, a former homeland security adviser to former President George W. Bush.
For many Americans who thought Trey Gowdy would be a good choice for the position of FBI Director, this is truly disappointing news. I had high hopes that he would grab the reins and help the Trump admin turn things around in our government.
But when you stop and think about it, this is not the first time he’s taken his name off a list. Before the House eventually wrongly chose Paul Ryan as the new Speaker, Gowdy’s name was in the hat and he declined that position too.
Rep Tim Scott had this to say about his friend:
“No, goodness gracious, Gowdy doesn’t seek out these opportunities. People keep asking him to do things that are uncomfortable for him because his skill set is such an unusual skill set as a prosecutor who looks for the truth and doesn’t really get into the debate,” said Scott, who has been close to Gowdy since the two were elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. “He’d be good at any leadership position that he decided to fill.”
Gowdy even has a fan from across the aisle, in former SC Dem State Rep Bakari Sellers, who tweeted “Dems are going to hate me for this. I don’t care. The best replacement for Comey is Trey Gowdy. He’s as honest as day is long.”
According to USA Today, Scott and Gowdy eat dinner together most nights the two are in Washington. Neither drinks alcohol and Scott said they’re both introverts — though if you’ve watched either in a public setting that statement may come as a surprise. They talk about scripture and Scott entertains Gowdy with stories of his dating life. Gowdy talks about his life being married with two kids. Through these conversations Scott has also been able to glean that staying in Congress is not a long-term goal of his friend’s. Gowdy’s office declined to comment for this story.
“He’s perfect for that FBI post. America would be lucky,” said South Carolina attorney Beattie Ashmore before Gowdy dropped out. Ashmore worked as a federal prosecutor with Gowdy in the 1990s.
“I trust Trey’s judgment implicitly and I’ve been in the trenches with Trey,” Ashmore said.
“He will do well at whatever he decides to do. To do something half-way is not in his DNA,” said Doug Smith a long-time friend of Gowdy’s and former Speaker Pro Tempore of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Gowdy is currently in his fourth term in Congress which he won by two-thirds of the vote. And in this deeply Republican district where the primary essentially decides who will win, no Republicans have challenged him since his first race in 2010.
Learning that Gowdy doesn’t see himself staying in Congress long term just adds to the disappointing news. Considering that we have so many near-worthless Dems and RINOS that stay in Congress until they draw their last breath, and here we have one of the few good guys, but he doesn’t want to make a career of it, that is sad and the direct opposite of what our country needs.
I’ve said that being the Director of the FBI would give Gowdy the bite to go with his bark, but since it appears he doesn’t have that bite, this is one gal who will no longer place any hopes in Rep. Gowdy. He may have great respect for the law, but we don’t need another dog that’s happy to stay on the porch.