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Trey Gowdy Just Delivered Horrible News To Trump And He’s About To Lose It

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The Republicans are abandoning president Donald Trump at an alarming rate. House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy became the latest to announce he won’t seek re-election.

“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,” the former federal prosecutor said in a statement. The timing for Gowdy’s announcement is less than stellar for the Republican party, as he was almost a sure thing for re-election, according to CNN. This means the Republicans will have to replace another empty seat.

Since 2010, Gowdy has been in the crosshairs of both parties. In 2012, he led the investigation into the Benghazi disaster, where four Americans died. Democrats said the investigation was nothing more than a way for Gowdy to attack Hillary Clinton.

Moving to recently, Gowdy announced he supported Robert Mueller’s investigation “100 percent” and said, “Republicans should get the hell out of the way.” Perhaps, he let this statement fly because he knew there would be no damage to his political standing due to retiring.

Although it’s another one bites the dust for the Republicans, they have contingencies in place. Gowdy’s district in South Carolina is as red as they come. CNN reports Trump won that district by more than 20 points, so it would be an uphill climb for the Democrats to wrestle that seat back.

Most likely, there won’t be much short-term significance to Gowdy’s retirement simply because the Republicans have such a strong hold in that district.

However, what Gowdy’s announcement signifies is another Republican jumping off the ship at a critical juncture for the party. And the cumulative effect of this could hurt the party more in 2020. After all, if Republicans are retiring at rapid rates under the current leadership, voters might come to the conclusion there’s a common theme to them retiring and it’s time to make the change at the top.


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