Is Trey Gowdy Running for Speaker of the House?

Trey Gowdy sent out a cryptic message yesterday that has a few people shaking their heads. More than a few echoed the sentiments of Slim Pickens when he uttered his famous question, “What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?”

While commenting on the recent announcement by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he will not be seeking re-election and will be leaving Congress, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) may have dropped a hint that he could very well be thinking of taking the reins of the Speakership.

The news may have people pretty perplexed, because Gowdy has also announced that he is leaving Congress for the private sector following the end of his current term.

As the Daily Caller reports, Gowdy noted the Constitution’s allowance for non-Congressmen to fill the role as Speaker.

The Caller writes that the “Constitution dictates ‘the House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers,’ but it does not stipulate that you have to be a sitting member of Congress to run for the leadership position.”

Gowdy had effusive praise for Ryan and said that for those who have been arm chair quarterbacks in the past few years, it was their time to consider stepping up.

“To those outside of Congress who always seemed to have a better idea or a smarter strategy, you do not have to be a member of the House to be Speaker of the House and hence, now is your chance to run for Speaker.”

Was Gowdy also including himself in that?

The question was posed to Gowdy’s office and the Caller got a reply from an official who said, “not a chance.”

Still, it does beg the question… who was he talking about?

Speaker of the House certainly is a tough job, and I can get that he’s standing up for his friend, Paul Ryan, but isn’t that why you put yourself into the arena in the first place? Must you always abandon principles for the sake of expediency and corporate donations when you get to Washington?

Let’s hope a more principled speaker — no matter who he or she is — will take the reigns and do the bidding of the American people and not big corporations and big government.

What do you think?

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