Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) recently told the The Washington Post who he would pick for leadership if a new country were created, and who he chose might surprise you.
“To me, just speaking as one member, the smartest kid in the class is Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.),” Gowdy said on Tuesday. “If I had one draft choice and I was starting a new country, I would draft Paul to run it. Not because I agree with him on everything, but because he’s super, super smart.”
Gowdy said what makes Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, more attractive is that he is not looking for a major leadership role in the House.
“When someone is super, super smart and is not interested, that tells you something,” Gowdy told the Post. “It tells me a lot.”
Three candidates for the job have emerged:
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida are currently competing to replace House Speaker John Boehner in the wake of his resignation announcement.
The GOP will name its nominee Thursday.
Gowdy, a hero among conservatives, has turned down requests to go for leadership in the House of Representatives and told the Post he has no intentions of going for an open leadership spot.
“I don’t have a background in mental health, so I wouldn’t have the right qualifications to lead right now,” the chairman of the body’s Select Committee on Benghazi said. “I stood up in front of conference and said, ‘I know what we need in a leader, and I do not have those qualities.’ I don’t know how to tell them any more plainly than that. I don’t have them. I appreciate the fact that some people think I do. But you have to know yourself and have self-awareness.”
Gowdy said he won’t however give up leading the Benghazi Committee and will grill former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later this month.
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