Stick A Fork In Trey Gowdy’s SC Supreme Court Hopes …

BECAUSE THEY’RE DONE … We continue to maintain that U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy‘s endorsement of establishment “Republican” Marco Rubio really isn’t that big of a deal.  As we noted in our recent post, it’s not going to move the needle for Rubio in early-voting South Carolina … nor will it make…


We continue to maintain that U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy‘s endorsement of establishment “Republican” Marco Rubio really isn’t that big of a deal.  As we noted in our recent post, it’s not going to move the needle for Rubio in early-voting South Carolina … nor will it make a dent on the national stage.

“As far as we’re concerned, Gowdy’s endorsement is crucial only insomuch as it impacts the ‘Republican’ status quo undercard – in which Rubio is battling former Florida governor Jeb Bush and several other second-tier candidates for the right to represent the Washington, D.C. political class on the presidential ballot next year,” we wrote.

That’s true …

But it appears as though Gowdy’s endorsement has had a seismic impact on the future of jurisprudence in the Palmetto State – namely by eliminating any chance he had at becoming the next chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court.  The proposed elevation of Gowdy to this lofty post was billed as the next step in his political evolution – not to mention a central component of the S.C. House of Representatives’ push for judicial reform.

Now the whole plan is … kaput.

Meaning GOP leaders must go back to the drawing board.

Sources in the S.C. General Assembly went out of their way to assure us Gowdy had given up his quest to become chief justice “weeks ago,” and stressed that the Rubio endorsement had “nothing to do with” his decision.

Right …. 

To be fair, one conservative lawmaker said they would still vote to put Gowdy on the bench despite his controversial presidential nod.

“I was not happy with it but considering the field – if he does want it I would still vote for him,” the lawmaker told us.

But multiple other GOP lawmakers told us Gowdy’s endorsement of Rubio was a deal-breaker.

“He screwed up big time with his establishment endorsement,” a lawmaker from Gowdy’s fourth congressional district told us. “Lots of folks are mad.  I’ve had several calls from constituents complaining.”

Another fourth district lawmaker confirmed that Gowdy’s endorsement of Rubio was driving “tons of calls” to their office.

“It’s running ten to one against him,” the lawmaker told us.

Wow …

Gowdy’s problem?  Not only has he enraged his conservative base, he’s pissed off a broad swath of establishment “Republicans” in South Carolina who were fiercely loyal to Bush.  That means he can no longer rely on the typical “liberal GOP-Democrat” governing coalition to get him to 86 votes – the number he would need to win a legislative election in the S.C. General Assembly.

“He went from having a majority – to having no path to a majority,” one lawmaker put it bluntly.  “In the blink of an eye.”

Again, Gowdy backers made it abundantly clear he had already decided against running for the Supreme Court at the time of the Rubio endorsement, but we think they doth protest too much.

One thing is clear, though: The option is now completely off the table for him.

In fact, whatever Gowdy’s future plans in Palmetto politics may have been … they are severely compromised by virtue of this ill-conceived endorsement.


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Manray9 December 30, 2015 at 5:53 pm

It seems to me these SC pols overvalue the impact of their endorsements. I agree. Gowdy’s endorsement won’t “move the needle” for Rubio. I suppose it’s just another aspect of the narcissism that seems to drive those who seek and hold public office in SC these days. They need to face the tough reality that they’re just not that great.

CorruptionInColumbia December 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Endorsing Rubio or Bush does seriously call into question, whatever judgment a local politician might (or might not) possess.

okay December 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Yeah, would hate to see Republicans win a general election, right? Silly Gowdy. He should’ve endorsed a guy who can’t win.

CorruptionInColumbia December 30, 2015 at 8:17 pm

There’s really no point in them winning if the winner is a sellout like Bush, Graham, Rubio, etc. There’s not a dime’s worth of difference in these traitors and the Democrats. Both have and will sell this country out in a skinny minute if they think they can make a dishonest buck out of it.

RogueElephant December 31, 2015 at 8:11 am

This needs to be up-voted about 1000 times.

Derp December 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Because they are all falling over themselves to endorse Trump?
Local politicians who endorses one of those two are looking to get the fuck out of SC and into REAL politics. FitsNews vigorously endorses Trump and he’s got a giant empty space on his blog where his main advert belongs. Not even a Trump ad. Telling, isn’t it?

erneba December 30, 2015 at 6:31 pm

I always thought that the notoriety that Gowdy achieved by investigating Hillary’s Benghazi debacle with his sub-committee would open some doors in public service at a high level in the Federal government. He handled the situation very well and did establish that Hillary lied on more than a few occasions. He was very professional and acquitted himself very well on the National stage.
Coming back to SC and serving as Chief justice of the SC Supreme would, for all practical purposes, take him off a much bigger stage in Washington. I think he realizes his path or advancement in the public sector should go through Washington, not Columbia.
Gowdy backing Rubio, at this point, just verifies to me that he adores the limelight in Washington and he should fit in well.

sparklecity December 30, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Are you kidding????
I ain’t no fan of Hillary but she took Gowdy’s best shot and it bounced off her and all Gowdy has done is revert to whining and theatrics of which prosecutors are famous for.
He sucks as a congressman (he ain’t done a damn thing but mug the camera every time there is a hearing) and now it appears he has shot himself in the foot again.
I never thought I’d say it but Bob Inglis was 10X the representative for the people of the 4th Congressional District of the Great State of South Carolina.
He’s a damn good prosecutor (as long as he’s got 10-12 lawmen/women backing him up that is…..) not to mention sucking on the government teat since he became a lawyer.
And that is exactly what he will continue to do because he wouldn’t make it in the private sector!!!!

Sic Semper Tyrannis December 31, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Do tell spark, but many in SC still think he is a hero?

So long December 31, 2015 at 10:16 am

It’s been so long since a Repiblican in Congress has actually had a real, tangible accomplishment that you guys see grandstanding as one. They’re playing you idiots like a fiddle.

sparklecity December 31, 2015 at 10:30 am

That’s a damn good observation………
Zealots are always delusional no matter what political persuasion………..

little man December 31, 2015 at 10:47 am

I’ve noticed little Mick Mulvaney likes to post snippets of video of him yelling at people during congressional testimony. Most of them are just senseless noise.

Elfego December 31, 2015 at 11:23 am

We all know more than anyone else. The man can endorse anyone he wishes. Hell,look at the population that endorses the Clintons and they are lower than Whale Dung!

Thomas January 1, 2016 at 5:03 am

Greetings from my first annual golf invitational from sunny Denver. Gowdy pulled the plug on his CJ gig with this endorsement. A Speaker Ryan gives him much more clout in the House. Duh

Ed Clow December 31, 2015 at 11:27 am

“acquitted himself well?”

He was sweating like a racehorse when the cameras were on, out of embarrassment at the outlandishly stupid questions the partisan hacks on his committee were putting to the Secretary. He was seen in public, leading a team of dimwitted thugs in beating a dead horse, and was rightly mortified at the spectacle they were making of him and his kangaroo committee.

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 11:32 am

Ed I just can’t agree with you.The questions Gowdy and Jim Jordan (Ohio) asked confirmed that Clinton had told her daughter that it was indeed a terrorist attack that night and further solidified in the minds of Americans that she is not to be trusted.

Rocky Verdad December 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Bullwinkle Hockey. The Establishment owns SC and Gowdy will get whatever he wants.

Bible Thumper December 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Agreed. The proof is that Fits sources won’t even reveal who they are on either side. Of course, it may be they don’t want to be associated with fitsnews.

Derp December 30, 2015 at 7:04 pm

It sure appears advertisers don’t want to be associated with FitsNews.

shifty henry December 30, 2015 at 8:20 pm

I think that the majority of those ads appeared at random without Will’s input, such as those about toenail fungus and similar — they just dropped in like gumballs from a penny machine in an arcade. Personally none of them would have interested me and I hated to have to scroll through a dozen to get to the comments each time I pulled up an article. Yes, they were annoying but they didn’t stop my enjoyment on Fitsnews.

Derp December 30, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Oh, this site is about you? Tell that to Will’s bottom line.

Rockie Veranalspic December 30, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Lighten up dude.Shifty just expressed an opinion.

Learn Internet January 1, 2016 at 9:19 am

That’s what you get for thinking.

Just Me December 31, 2015 at 10:43 am

End of year negotiation of new rates. So keep clicking so Will can keep this site going. :)

okay December 30, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Nobody cares, when elections come around, who you endorsed for an office. Nobody gave a crap about his endorsements last cycle of others running for house/senate in other states, and nobody will give a crap about this one. Because it’s Trey Fucking Gowdy. He’s fine.

Slartibartfast December 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Without Trey’s efforts, we would know NOTHING about the treasonous miscreance of Hillary the Hateful. In order to stay in the position to do that, his loyalty had to be to those who would keep him in that position. One of the people who supported him wholeheartedly was Marco Rubio, who is a TEA-party electee. I have sat silent, for the most part, when people on this site have vilified many of my friends. Sometimes they were right, other times, not. But there is NO reason to vilify Trey. He may have done something, politically, that you didn’t like, but he is a reasonable, loyal, honest person, who has found a way to get along in order to do the country a great service. Don’t vote for Rubio. That’s fine. But to dismiss one of the FEW good men in South Carolina politics is an infamnia!

OK, I’ve had my say. Beat me up..

vicupstate December 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Apparently you don’t understand your own kind.

When you are claiming to be a ‘conservative’ aka ‘Right Wing Extremist’, you must hate who I hate, hate what I hate, like who I like, like what I like, and think how I think. If you don’t, then you are NOT a true ‘conservative’ you are a sell-out RINO or worse.

Please get with the program if you don’t want to get the same treatment Gowdy is getting.

Slartibartfast December 30, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Hee Hee. Thanks for that. Yes, it’s easy to get pasted with a title or a label, no matter which side of the bread is buttered.

idcydm December 30, 2015 at 8:53 pm

And it comes from the same person that has a multiple personality disorder.

vicupstate December 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I don’t have a multitude of accounts that I post under, so what the hell are you referring to?

idcydm January 1, 2016 at 11:50 am

I wasn’t referring to you, I was referring to your comment about a certain “Right Wing Extremist” on this site.

Sorry you misunderstood.

sparklecity December 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Again, I AIN’T no fan of Hillary but he really kicked her ass and put her in her place didn’t he????
Years of “just wait and see what Gowdy does on the Bengazi affair, he’s gonna throw her sorry fat ass under the jail”
The result??The biggest fizzle since Evel Knevil “jumped” the Grand Canyon!!!!! Hillary and that other woman who testified around a year ago gave him the symbolic “finger” and Gowdy responded by throwing a “hissy fit” that would make a 12 year old girl proud!!!!!
Bob Inglis was 10X the representative for the people of the 4th Congressional District of the Great State of Souh Carolina and he’s not the blatant opportunist that Gowdy is.
I’ve seen how he acts behind closed doors………”FEW good men in South Carolina politics” my hillbilly ass!!!!!

Rockie Veranalspic December 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Are you retarded?

sparklecity December 30, 2015 at 11:19 pm

All’s I can say is people who aren’t “sheeple” like yourself sure the fuck ain’t retarded

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 7:30 am

I think for myself,thank you.Problem with most of you people is that you never think ‘outside the box’.Regurgitation of the talking points of the MSM and political parties is why nothing ever changes.

sparklecity December 31, 2015 at 10:41 am

Thinking outside the box is what being an independent is all about….
You’re the one regurgitating tired old shit. If I’ve heard your type spout “MSM talking points” one time I’ve heard it a thousand times. Its a staple of right wingnut talk radio when they have nothing else to bitch about.
That’s a fine ‘sheeple” coat you’re sporting. Don’t forget to get it sheared before it gets mottled and looks like shit.

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 10:49 am

No.An independent and/or moderate has no moral compass and doesn’t believe in a damn thing.Finger in the wind and in most cases votes with the ‘elitist’ class because of their disdain for people of faith.

vicupstate December 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm

No, an independent listens to both sides and realizes that each sides has nutty extremes that defy common sense. The best solutions can nearly always be found in between the two extremes. Put another way, in all things, moderation.

Our entire government is built to produce a compromise between opposing sides. Our government doesn’t function well now, because extremists such as yourself don’t understand those facts. You seek to hold the process hostage to your views when in fact the majority does not even share those views.

mamatiger92 December 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

No different than regurgitation of the talking points of Limbaugh. Please, you’ve never had an original thought in your life.

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Hey loser.Can’t wait for the game today.I see Baylor RUSHED for 645 yards against that ACC powerhouse UNC the other night.Oklahoma may score 60 today.

Go light your bong up in honor of dabo’s doppies!

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Just in from Dabo’s pregame at the hotel! (avatar)

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Houston 21

ACC and Clemson exposed as frauds….AGAIN!

mamatiger92 December 31, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Clemson 37
Oklahoma 17

Flip exposed as an idiot… AGAIN!

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm

LMAO!!! Start the damn BUS!!!

mamatiger92 December 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Um… Yeah.


RogueElephant December 31, 2015 at 8:09 am

Bob Inglis started out OK then went RINO. Like so many of our “statesmen ” do. I supported him when he ran against Hollings way back when, then the next time he showed up he was a moderate. Sell out.

RogueElephant December 31, 2015 at 8:05 am

I agree with you on this. Trey has done an above average job in the house. There are too many here that are of the persuasion that you are 100% right or 100% wrong. I might not agree with you every time but if I agree with you over 80% of the time I could support you.

Sic Semper Tyrannis December 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Wow rouge, I’m impressed. Maybe we do need a republican school, you are referring to compromise. Wish you would of told them 7 years ago. The US would be much further down the road in a good way. Keep up the good work and spread your idea around! Happy New Year!

RogueElephant December 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm

Where did I say compromise ? I will go along to a certain point. Past the point of basic values I will not. Right will always be right and wrong will always be wrong. Conservatives are never wrong. Liberals are never right. Moderates don’t know the difference. 7 years ago I supported Huckabee for POTUS. I voted for McCain in the general, but it was as close to licking a turd as I have ever come. The only justification was knowing that the alternative was what we wound up with.

nitrat December 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

Oh, BS.
he is just another grandstanding prosecutor who does not care one bit about truth or justice, just winning…and, he lost at Hillary’s appearance.

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

He actually won.He kept her nasty,lying face on television for about 9 hours and it reinforced to a majority of Americans of why they hate and don’t trust a damn thing she says.

Why do you think the Democrats hide those debates on Saturday nights when nobody will watch them?

vicupstate December 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Dude, give it up, even the right wing media thought it was a disaster from Gowdy’s perspective.

RM December 31, 2015 at 5:33 pm

I think it is terrible for you to mock him this way. He did the best he could with with what the party and Fox gave him. Which is nothing. He could have kept going longer if McCarthy and Hanna had not admitted it was all trumped up to hurt Clinton’s poll numbers.

35TWW January 4, 2016 at 9:57 am

I’m going to shock you by agreeing with you. It appears that nobody else does.
Incidentally, I appreciate your screen name. You did a great job with Norway. One of your best pieces of work.

Liam Quinn December 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm

You don’t have to. Gowdy just sunk his own ship. Supporting a candidate who has no balls is unforgivable.

Rockie Veranalspic December 30, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Rubio is a brilliant man and solid individual.Whether he can overcome the ‘gang of 8’ is another story.

vicupstate December 31, 2015 at 3:20 pm

He is very glib and good in debates but he is not a deep thinker, and is of average intelligence. He is bored as Senator and is quite lazy in that job.

Quietus December 30, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Gowdy can endorse who he wishes. It’s not going to make a dimes worth of differences. Endorsements are way overrated. Rubio is likely the best of the establishment backed candidates and it’s dangerous for Gowdy to go too far off the reservation unless he wants to get thumped hard by Ryan, et al. The main problem with Rubio is his stand on immigration/amnesty and this might be something that has to be over looked in order to secure the White House. He’s still better than HillBilly.

Rockie Veranalspic December 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

You got it. This election is 100% about immigration/amnesty as Trump has defined it and Rubio is in a big whole.

sparklecity December 30, 2015 at 11:22 pm

A big “whole” of what?????

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 7:34 am

Chuck Shumer ‘SHIT’! :)

Roger December 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Take a look at Troopers Fed up they are going to the General Assembly about Trikki,s lousy appointee. ..2016…

RogueElephant December 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

She screwed the farmers also, but that is another story. Just more Trikki Nikki.

Jerry Maguire December 31, 2015 at 12:50 am

One can only hope this snake oil salesman will someday be seen for what he truly is – a self-centered mass who has misled thousands of good-hearted people in his pursuit to be noticed. He is a vapid person who subscribes to the belief that being a prosecutor-as-a-legislator is the best way to get You Tube views and guest appearances on news shows. Heaven forbid he actual try and legislate an idea.

SC bozos December 31, 2015 at 11:09 am

Not likely. How many times has Graham been re-elected? Lets not forget trail hiking Sanford.

ThreePalms December 31, 2015 at 6:25 am

If Will is correct that Gowdy’s support for a SC Supreme Court appointment has been muted, then we may have witnessed one of those rare occasions when South Carolina actually avoids self-inflicted damage. “Dum Spiro Spero” indeed.

jimlewisowb December 31, 2015 at 9:28 am

No doubt there is a fair number of individuals walking around who would like to stick something into Gowdy – a fork ain’t in their pants

Just Me December 31, 2015 at 10:38 am

How long have we been waiting for the Rubio mistress bomb to explode. Still “Trending” on the top scroll on the web site.

nitrat December 31, 2015 at 11:30 am

If WaPo is any indication, Marco’s ex-con cocaine dealing brother in law, his real estate license and still missing after 20+ years $15 million is more important.

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 11:35 am

None of it is important-see Trump.
After 8 years of the Muslim Satan destroying America the voters could care less about the non issues above.

They want the borders sealed and illegals deported w/NO path to citizenship,Obamacare repealed and jobs.

nitrat December 31, 2015 at 11:36 am

You don’t have to tell me that Republicans will excuse any kind of low life personal and professional corruption as long as it’s a Republican doing it.

Rockie Veranalspicsterheimer December 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

In these times when the Democrat Party has become the party of treason and the appeaser of our enemies EVERYTHING is on the table to defeat evil.

Jack December 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Can whoever has been doing us the favor get rid of the latest Big, T manifestation. A new personality has emerged. The nutjob is back

dwb619 January 1, 2016 at 7:09 pm

I wouldn’t even call “it’ a “personality”.

Just Me December 31, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Not true. There are Republicans who have committed unethical acts and even criminal acts. They are usually removed from office. For Democrats unethical or even criminal behavior is treated like a resume enhancement.

vicupstate December 31, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Try telling that to Anthony Weiner or Elliot Spitzer.

Jack's dick hand December 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

So, a man decides to support someone he believes in despite the political consequences and that’s a bad thing? I say we need more people like that.

Also, all these sources are so full of it. Especially the elected officials. They sway which way the wind blows. I know, I work inside the bubble. DOn’t worry they wind will change and they’ll proclaim they’ve “always been at war with Eastasia.”

Elfego December 31, 2015 at 11:21 am

Let South Carolina’s so called Republican Leadership keep their heads where the sun does not shine.It is the lack of real Leadership that is destroying this state and America!
We have a class of folks that look at themselves as Monarch’s. They are self centered and incapable of thinking of anyone but self. America is gone for all intents and purposes.

nitrat December 31, 2015 at 11:29 am

Maybe, he can follow in Carroll Campbell’s footsteps and become a lobbyist.

SickOfLiars December 31, 2015 at 11:49 am

This guy turned out to be nothing but a pathetic loser GOP hack. Go try and sell Used Cars, asshole.

dwb619 January 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Used car salesmen have more morals.

TruthTellerInSC December 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm

I understand that David Wilkins is absolutely furious with Gowdy over this. It seems that Wilkins has already promised the US Attorney job to one of his co-workers, once Bush is elected.

vicupstate December 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm

That would make sense. The SC GOP establishment despises anyone thinking or acting on their own beliefs. You toe the line or you are dead to them.

Dickie Bird December 31, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Gowdy was never recruited by one of the state’s big law firms. Never had a chance at the Big Court. Gowdy was given the Hillary investigation because it was a crap shoot and the leadership didn’t care what happened to the lemon-sucker if he failed.

dwb619 January 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm

Do ALL politicians have an aversion to Work and an HONORABLE living in the real world off the government sweet tit?

Jerri Allen January 2, 2016 at 8:02 am

I’m writing you in because I believe the truth needs to come out about Judge Diane Goodstein and her family and her abuse of power. I am her sons common law wife and we share two children. We are going through a very ugly and difficult custody battle. I believe Judge Goodstein has repeatedly used her position to influence her sons case. She managed to get not 1 but 2 ex parte orders giving her son sole custody even though he was under supervised visits with his children ordered by DSS. My husband was sexually molested by his father when he was 10 and told his mother Judge Goodstein who did not report it, he went on to when he was 11/12 to seek out older men in chat rooms and have sex with them. I found him cheating on me with another man and this was what he then admitted to me. I understand he now is seeing a therapist to deal with his emotional issues. I hired an attorney who repeatedly dismissed my wishes in the way I wanted to present my case. She clearly was more concerned with her friendship with Mr Rosen who represents the Goodsteins. They have tried in the past to get me to sign a confidentially agreement in which I refused because I know several of thier secrets about the Goodsteins 6$60,000,000 bankruptcy amongst many other things. The Guardian assigned to our case admittedly changer her mind to custody 1 day before our hearing. There is so much to say. The Goodsteins are trying to get the records sealed so the public doesn’t know about all the sexual abu
se. Judge Goodstein is up for reelection in 2016 and is scared I will tell all. Chief Justice Toal who is good friends with Judge Goodstein ordered the second ex parte order giving my husband sole custody. Please contact me as I very much would like the world to know about how corrupt and abusive this family is.

Headlines January 2, 2016 at 11:28 am

Nothing wrong with posting this now, but anything you want legislators to see should be posted (or reposted) when it is in session and they are more regularly checking out Fitsnews (in large part presumably to make sure they are not mentioned in it . . . or showcased!).

Lone Ranger January 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Well howdy, Gowdy—so you’re the same RINO coward who voted Boehner/Ryan and to NOT defund Obamacare?

Bend over, Trey, and take a good look at your hypocrite House seat because come 2017 you will NOT be there !!!


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