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Trey Gowdy Almost Got Blasted On




We weren’t particularly high on U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy after he won South Carolina’s fourth congressional district seat in 2010 … and there have been  several key votes he’s cast over the last two years which have profoundly disappointed us (including this one) … but for the most part the guy has given us very little reason to complain.

More often than not he votes the right way (a.k.a. with fellow freshmen Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan) … which is more than can be said for most “Republicans” in Washington, D.C.

Whatever we think of Gowdy, though, we would never want to see him (or any other politician) get blasted on … although that came close to happening on Sunday evening in Spartanburg, S.C.

Gloria Brackett

In one of the more bizarre incidents we’ve ever heard of involving a South Carolina politician (and trust us, that’s saying something), an Atlanta woman pulled a gun on Gowdy in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church in downtown Spartanburg on Sunday evening.  According to the city’s public safety director, the woman – identified as 52-year-old Gloria Yvonne Brackett – tapped on the window of Gowdy’s vehicle some time after 8:30 p.m. and accused him of following her.  She then pulled a gun on Gowdy, at which point he threw his car in reverse and peeled out of the parking lot (where he had gone to pick up his daughter from a church service).

WTF, right?

Police say that there is nothing to indicate a prior connection between Gowdy and Brackett – who had a .32 caliber pistol and a box of ammo in her possession at the time of her arrest – although Gowdy certainly isn’t elaborating on the incident.

“Mr. Gowdy is grateful to the Spartanburg Public Safety Department for their help last night and especially for helping make sure his daughter was safe,” a spokesman for the congressman told The Spartanburg Herald-Journal.  “Given the fact that this is an ongoing investigation with a subsequent prosecution, Mr. Gowdy will not be making any additional comments.”


Brackett has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm as well as pointing and presenting the weapon.  No word yet on whether she will face additional charges from the U.S. Department of Justice or the Capitol Police given Gowdy’s status as a congressman.

Very, very bizarre …