House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy admits he was an awful politician.
Don’t give him too much credit though. He attributes his failure to his upstanding sense of honor and decency rather than incompetence.
“My wife hates it when I say this, but I was a pretty good prosecutor, I think. But I’ve been a pretty lousy politician,” Gowdy said Sunday.
“I just, I see multiple sides of a single issue… And the fact that someone disagrees with me, does not make me challenge their love of the country. It doesn’t make me believe that they’re corrupt … I don’t think the end justifies the means.”
Gowdy isn’t seeking reelection. The South Carolina representative hopes to return to his law career when his time in Congress is over.
“I think the manner in which we get places matters, and in politics too often winning is the only thing that matters… And look, every hero I have has lost. Every one of them. So losing is not the worst thing in the world,” Gowdy continued.
“Not knowing what you believe and not caring enough about it to fight for it – that’s the worst thing in the world.”
Pretty words, but they don’t mean much. Gowdy’s lack of interest in politics coincides with growing lack of support among voters. If he did decide to fight for his seat, it’s far from certain that he would win.
Gowdy made a name for himself hounding Hillary Clinton as the chairman of the House
Benghazi Committee. Ultimately, nothing came of it and Gowdy was derided as a partisan hack by Democrats.
“There’s a reason we throw out search warrants even though we find the murder weapon. There’s a reason we throw out confessions even though we think the person did it. The process matter… And in politics, it’s just about winning. And I can’t, I don’t want to live like that,” the representative insisted.
(Source: Daily Mail)