Often elected officials retire, they often fondly recall their time as a public servant. However Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy decided not to wait until he officially retires to give his uncensored take on his last seven years in Congress. Needless to say, he is not a fan.
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Gowdy gave an interview to Vice News where he said his time in Congress was riddled with “ineffectiveness.” He thinks his time in Congress was relatively wasteful. “To the extent men judge themselves based on what they do for a living, I don’t have a lot to show for the last seven years,” he said.
He and 37 other Republican Congressmen have announced they will forgo an additional term. If this holds true, the Democrats could easily take the House back, an event that could make President Trump’s job even harder.
The former federal prosecutor said in the interview that he will go back to his roots — the justice system. The South Carolina Congressman is counting the days until he can get back to his semi-normal life.
“I can tell you right now I have 19 more drives to the airport before this session is over,” he said. “Nineteen more weeks for the rest of the year that I’m going to be gone three or four days away from home, and then after that I’ll be in South Carolina.”
The Hill reported that Gowdy has been on the outs with fellow Republicans for his public defense if Trump and the Russia investigation. At the time, he urged President Trump to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Only he knows what he knows. So I would tell you, if you did not rob a bank, there is no reason for you not to sit down and talk with the FBI about the bank robbery.”
Towards the end of the interview, Gowdy explained that he is simply exhausted by every political party’s desire to solely win. “We’ve convinced ourselves that we have to because the country will go to Hades in a hand basket if my team doesn’t win.”
It’s evident Gowdy is not one to mince words when it comes to his current job, and why should he? He has faithfully done his job for the last seven years.