While others are jockeying for support, a reluctant Trey Gowdy is finding that notables within his party are pressing for him to enter the House Speaker race as a solid conservative voice behind the gavel.
In an effort to prevent another RINO speaker such as Kevin McCarthy, GOP House members have been searching for an alternative and some feel they have found the perfect choice, Trey Gowdy. Gowdy is currently running the special Benghazi committee and he appears to be committed to that role, but other members feel he would be much more valuable as Speaker of the House.
Jason Chaffetz acknowledges the fact that Trey Gowdy has not shown much interest in the Speaker’s job, but he is confident that if enough people sign on, he would run. Mia Love has also said she would vote for Gowdy, but you should take that with a grain of salt after the way she betrayed her voters. She had sworn she would oppose Boehner’s reelection as Speaker, but she did indeed vote in favor of him.
“I think the Republican conference needs somebody who can unite the body, who can represent us far and wide, who can articulate the message. And you know what? Trey Gowdy is the best person to do that. Having spoken to him, I actually think he’ll do it if we get behind him and support it.”
“I am more convinced than ever that it is time for Congress to trust the American people — and it will take the right leader in the right role to make that a reality. That is why I am asking my colleagues to join me in drafting Trey Gowdy to be our majority leader.”
Gowdy’s spokesman said:
“Chairman Gowdy is focused on the Benghazi Committee and will serve in that capacity so long as the Committee exists. He appreciates the confidence of his colleagues and looks forward to tonight’s Conference discussion.”
It is not known how much support Gowdy has but it’s safe to say the more conservative members would certainly give him a look. He has extremely popular appeal among conservative voters and some have even suggested he would make a great head of the Department of Justice.
If McCarthy is elected Speaker, the primaries may well reflect the anger of the voters who were so happy to see Boehner go. There would be no such thing as a safe seat. Looking back at how Eric Cantor lost after leading by a wide margin reflects that.
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