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Trey Gowdy reveals he’s leaving Congress for a job ‘where facts matter’

Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) recently joined the growing list of House and Senate Republicans who have announced their resignations or retirements over the last several months, telling constituents in January that it is his “time to go.”

Politicians and pundits have since speculated as to why the three-term congressman was leaving Washington, and now, the motive behind his departure has been revealed: according to Gowdy, facts don’t matter in Congress as much as they do in the courtroom.

With the partisan divide, the confirmation bias, and the constant quarrels, Gowdy is simply tired of life on Capitol Hill.

And we can hardly blame him.

Trey Gowdy: Facts Don’t Matter in Congress

Gowdy has become quite the celebrity over the last couple of years, thanks in part to his no-nonsense interrogation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and his bulldog style recently evidenced by his comments on the controversy over the recently released FBI texts. But the fun has come to an end, as Gowdy is not going to seek re-election in the upcoming midterms.

Speaking in an interview on Wednesday, the retiring Republican revealed that he misses the justice system because it is a “job where facts matter.”

He told the CNN’s Alisyn Camerota:

I miss the justice system. I like jobs where facts matter, I like jobs where fairness matters. I like jobs, frankly, where the process matters.

I’m more at peace in jobs that reward fairness and that are fact-centric than I am in Congress.

I think what matters in Congress is finding a group and then validating or ratifying what they already believe.

Gowdy added that he has yet to see anyone’s mind changed on a subject by a debate or a speech in the seven years he has held public office.

“I like the art of persuasion, I like it when facts matter, and I don’t see that in our current modern political environment,” Gowdy said.

Another Republican Bites the Dust

Gowdy’s planned departure from the House comes as a surprise to many, but he is far from the first Republican to step down from his post in recent months. Since Donald Trump began his first presidential term in 2017, there have been at least 30 House GOP members who have submitted their resignations to the party and their constituents, all for varying reasons, including Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

This raises concerns for the GOP going into November’s midterm elections. The Democrats only need to flip 24 seats in the fall, and they have consistently won key elections at the federal and state levels since September, including the recent Alabama Senate special election to replace the seat once held by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and November’s gubernatorial election in Virginia.

Additionally, Gowdy has been more than just another seat in the House for the Republican party. The headstrong Republican made a name for himself in Washington early in his career and some thought he had a bright future beyond the House.

But while he will certainly be missed on Capitol Hill, we can’t blame Gowdy for wanting to head back into a world of “facts” and “fairness” when he finishes his term at the end of the year.

“As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding,” Gowdy said when he announced his resignation in January. “This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.”