Trey Gowdy Won’t Run Either. Do Republicans Realize the Jig Is Up?

On Wednesday morning, U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, a four-term congressman, announced that he would not seek reelection this November. It comes as a shock from a man who is just 53-years-old and wielded a lot of power in D.C.

Purportedly, Gowdy is returning to the judicial system because he prefers to utilize his courtroom skills; he will not seek public office again, per a written statement.

As an isolated departure, it might not seem that out of the ordinary. However, put in the context of a record-breaking number of House Republicans not seeking re-election, it’s worth asking – what’s going on? We’re still weeks away from 2018 filing deadlines, and 34 Republicans have said they’ll vacate their seats, more than double the rate of retiring Democrats.

Certainly, some Republicans are afraid of a wave election, which may cost conservatives in moderate districts their seats, and they’d rather not deal with the humiliation. Others, like those in Pennsylvania, are finding their seats aren’t as safe as they thought due to gerrymandering reform and don’t want the hassle of a competitive election.

However, most members of Congress aren’t having their district boundaries changed, and plenty, like Gowdy, live in solidly red districts that practically guarantee an incumbent victory. Why are they leaving, then?

It’s hard to ignore the elephant in the room – the investigation into the alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. If and when obstruction of justice (or other) charges are formally pressed, a lot of Republicans don’t want to have to face the music on that, especially after actively engaging in a misinformation campaign to protect the president.

Seeing so many conservatives abandoning ship is potentially indicative of what kind of evidence Robert Mueller has collected. Remember, through their own internal investigations, many in Congress are privy to intelligence that the rest of America is not. They could see the writing on the wall and want to get out while the getting’s good.

Gowdy, for example, is no stranger to such investigations. He repeatedly led the efforts to take down Hillary Clinton via Benghazi hearings, to no avail. Looking at the case surrounding Trump, perhaps this former prosecutor recognizes a legitimate preponderance of evidence when he sees it.

Or maybe these exiting Republicans aren’t convinced that Trump will be impeached, they’re just tired of having to pretend that a Trump presidency is normal and acceptable. Mind you, that’s not saying that they have enough of a conscience to try to use their power to fix the situation, but just enough to decide they don’t want to be involved personally anymore.

Whatever the motivating factor, there’s no sense in denying that something is afoot with the ranks of the Republican Party. At a time that conservatives control all three branches of government and have the ability to advance an agenda with fewer of the usual D.C. obstacles, they should be excited for another term rather than dreading it.

47 comments

Marie W
Marie W20 days ago

Thanks

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Paulo R
Paulo R6 months ago

ty

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Paulo R
Paulo R6 months ago

ty

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Lesa D
Lesa D6 months ago

thank you Kevin...

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JT Smith
Past Member 6 months ago

I'm wondering something: Does their not re-running for office really mean that they cannot be prosecuted in impeachment hearings? Or could the investigation still result in their facing separate charges that are not necessarily impeachment [e.g. collusion, obstruction, et al]?

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Vania G
Vania G6 months ago

Obrigada pela informação

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Winn A
Winn A6 months ago

:-(

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Cathy B
Cathy B6 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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David F
David F6 months ago

No Cruel, yesterday I said he would be after a supreme Court position. Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not show up for the SOTU speech. Proving an Ideolog or she was sick again. She slept thru the last one,

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Karin H
Karin H6 months ago

This "snake in the grass" will no doubt change his mind when something more beneficial arises to enhance his finances.

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