Rep. Trey Gowdy Tabbed For Key Post

Upstate Republican will head high-profile committee.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4) who represents much of the Upstate in the US House of Representatives, has been named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Gowdy received the appointment from House Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.

Gowdy spent a good portion of his first term in the House investigating the Fast and Furious scandal along the U.S.-Mexico border, which eventually led to finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

The appointment puts Gowdy in a key position to navigate one of the most impotant issues facing the Republican Party heading into the next election cycle. Republicans performed woefully among Latinos in the November election, with Barack Obama getting 71 percent of the vote compared to Mitt Romney's 27 percent.

Greg Siskind of Immigration Law and Policy criticized Gowdy's selection, saying, "it certainly sends the signal that the GOP is not serious about immigration reform."

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Jim Hargett December 20, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Trey will be the best there is at anything his modesty allows him to try for. Trey has so many skills and attributes that would coalesce leaders with Founding Fathers ethos into a utopian government. Disappointed but not surprised that Mr. Shawn Druy would choose Siskind's evaluation to destroy such an incredible hope for despairing South Carolinians. NO WONDER Trey tells me how he disdains Facebook because of attacks on his personal character.
Shawn Drury December 20, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Jim, I'm sorry but I have to take issue with your remarks. I believe our readers know that if we need to make a correction or a retraction, we will. However: 1. This is not Facebook. You'll note on the top left of the page the word PATCH. 2. I don't blame Rep. Gowdy for ignoring Facebook. There are no editors there to check facts so attacks on character are routine. 3. Rep. Gowdy's personal character had not been attacked by me or by Greg Siskind. Siskind criticized the Republicans' approach to immigration, that's it. He said nothing about Rep. Gowdy as a person. 4. Finding solutions when two sides see an issue differently is the essence of political discourse, so it's disappointing that you believe Rep. Gowdy is somehow beyond disagreement.


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