Say it isn’t so…….

UPDATE – It appears as though Rep. Fleming may have misconstrued comments Gowdy made in a closed-door meeting: “Trey said something like, ‘I have no ambition for leadership, want to do my job on the select committee, and long to return home to my family in South Carolina.’ But to construe that as a retirement announcement is a real stretch. I think he just said that he misses being away from his family,” another Republican member told Roll Call. A number of well-placed figures are also disputing the claim that he plans to retire after his current term. Time will tell.

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When John Boehner stunned Washington with his decision to vacate the House Speakership and resign from Congress next month, disaffected conservatives began casting about for a more conservative alternative to replace the Ohio Republican. One by one, the biggest names that were floated announced that they weren’t interested in the job — from Jim Jordan of Ohio, to Jeb Hensarling of Texas, to Trey Gowdy of South Carolina. Gowdy, a well-liked former prosecutor known for his clear-eyed messaging and sharp, focused questioning of witnesses at hearings, also took a pass on seeking the position of House Majority Leader. Politico is reporting that Boehner has privately urged Gowdy to seek that leadership position. If conservative admirers of Gowdy’s work weren’t disappointed enough, there’s word that the South Carolinian plans to leave Congress altogether after next year (via the Washington Examiner):