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Today Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4) released the following statement on the announcement of Sen. Jim DeMint (SC).

“Jim Demint was more than a congressional colleague. He has been a friend dating back to 1998 when I met him during his initial run for congress. He has been a mentor for scores of conservatives at all levels of government. He is simply put one of the most decent, kind, humble men I have ever been privileged to know. I wish he and Debbie joy in this new role.”

“I know Governor Nikki Haley will make the decision that is best for South Carolina, and I pray the Lord will give her wisdom. There are scores of talented women and men in South Carolina who are qualified to be considered. I hope she will consider my four congressional colleagues Tim Scott, Mick Mulvaney, Jeff Duncan, or Joe Wilson.”

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