‘Not a Game-Player’: Is This Why Trey Gowdy Is Leaving Congress?

What happened?

Rep. Trey Gowdy has announced that he won’t seek re-election in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District.

Is he done with politics?

In Gowdy’s own words, “there is a time to come and a time to go” when it comes to politics. The former federal prosecutor said he will go back to the justice system and won’t seek office again.

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“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,” Gowdy said in a statement. “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”

Was this a shock?

Yes and no. Gowdy’s announcement came as a surprise, but the congressman has reportedly been tired of political games for a long time.

“I always said the reason @TGowdySC was amazing at his job was bc he disliked politics so much,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in a tweet.

Glenn’s take:

While Gowdy has been praised by his fellow Republicans, Democrats have slammed him for his role leading the Benghazi investigation.

“That dichotomy is probably why Gowdy is leaving,” Glenn said on today’s show. “He’s not a game-player.”