Last week, House Speaker John Boehner shocked the country when he suddenly announced that he would be stepping down from his position. This prompted many to believe that Rep. Trey Gowdy would be replacing him as Speaker, but new reports reveal that this may not be the case after all…
Republican Congressman John Fleming has announced that Gowdy will not be seeking reelection in the 2016 race for his House seat, meaning he will effectively be retiring from congress.
“At the end of his term… he plans to go back home, and he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi special committee,” Fleming said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning, according to Mediaite. “But he loves South Carolina and he loves his family, and he wants to go back and spend the rest of his life there.”
Fleming went on to say that he heard this from Gowdy himself.
Gowdy’s office responded by denying that the congressman has announced his retirement, but they didn’t say anything about whether this rumor is true or not.
“No- He has not made any announcement on 2016,” a Gowdy spokesman told IJ Review.
Gowdy’s retirement would come as a huge surprise, given that various prominent Republicans have already endorsed him as Speaker.
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