|| by Will Galloway ||
Columbia – Congressman Trey Gowdy announced this week that he will not be running for reelection this year. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the South Carolina Republican said, “There is a time to come, and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to return to the justice system.”
It is unclear what role within the Justice System that Gowdy will take, but he has consistently been rumored to want a seat on the federal bench, perhaps as a circuit court judge.
Many South Carolinian’s were saddened by Gowdy’s announcement, including former Governor and current United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
I always said the reason @TGowdySC was amazing at his job was bc he disliked politics so much. Trey, thank you for your impatience, sacrifice, and fight to make our country a more just place. SC and our country thank you for your service. I thank you for your friendship. 🇺🇸
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 31, 2018
There will likely be a crowded republican primary to replace Gowdy. State Senator William Timmons has already announced his intentions to run, and will likely pour significant personal funds into a campaign. State Representative Dan Hamilton will also be running.
Spartanburg County GOP Chairman Josh Kimbrell made a Facebook post announcing that he would be exploring a run.