Trey Gowdy made a mysterious comment about taking over for Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan triggered a massive political earthquake when he announced he was not running for re-election.
Pundits immediately began playing the parlor game of trying to guess his successor.
That’s when Trey Gowdy made a mysterious comment that led everyone to think he was about to throw his hat into the ring.
Gowdy wished Ryan well in his life after Congress but stated that the Constitution did not dictate that the Speaker of the House be a member of Congress.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Congressman Trey Gowdy reminded everyone Wednesday that the Speaker of the House does not need to actually be a sitting congressman.
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 conveniently pointed that out at the end of his statement on Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision not to seek re-election at the end of his term.
After calling Ryan the “smartest kid in the class” and wishing him, his wife, and their three children “all the best,” the South Carolina Republican addressed “those within Congress who always seemed to have a better idea or a smarter strategy, now is your chance to run for Speaker.”
“To those outside of Congress who always seemed to have a better idea or a smarter strategy,” he added. “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.”
Gowdy has also announced he is not running for re-election.
That led reporters to race to his office to question if these remarks meant Gowdy would be willing to assume the role of speaker even though he was retiring from Congress.
His office shot that rumor down with an emphatic statement.
The Daily Caller also reports:
“When asked for comment on the possibility he becomes the first non-sitting member to become the Speaker of the House in U.S. history, a spokeswoman for his office responded simply “not a chance.”