Former Rep. Trey Gowdy stepped out of office and into life as a private citizen with one last bit of congressional drama.
The South Carolina Republican fired back at Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a parting shot after her personal insult over his post-congressional plans.
Gowdy, who announced last January that he would not be seeking re-election after serving four terms in the House, officially became a member of the private South Carolina-based law firm Nelson Mullins this week.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 4, 2019
Warren tweeted out an attack on Gowdy in response to a story detailing his future plans, accusing the former chair of the House Oversight Committee of “illegal” activity in joining the law and lobbying firm.
.@TGowdySC foamed at the mouth with power in Congress, then retired because he claimed he didn’t enjoy it. Now it’s clear: Trey Gowdy just wanted a fat lobbyist paycheck. That should be illegal. https://t.co/mxnxaufvgU
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 4, 2019
The Massachusetts Democrat followed up with a call for a “lifetime ban on lobbying for members of Congress.”
We need a lifetime ban on lobbying for members of Congress. And fix the swiss cheese def of “lobbying” so anyone who gets paid to influence Washington has to register. Public service shouldn’t be a launching pad for guys like @TGowdySC & @JoeLieberman to enrich themselves.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 4, 2019
Gowdy blasted the senator for questioning his integrity in a scathing rebuke on Twitter.
.@ewarren I’m not lobbying. Not now. Or ever. Perhaps you were cracking open a beer when that was announced. Don’t mind your criticisms. Just be more sensitive to facts.
— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) January 4, 2019
“I’m not lobbying. Not now. Or ever. Perhaps you were cracking open a beer when that was announced,” he tweeted, referring to Warren’s infamous Instagram Live video in which she drank from a bottle of beer while talking to her followers.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 1, 2019
Warren had also released a video announcing that she had formed an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 presidential election bid.
Warren’s insulting attack and Gowdy’s rebuttal as he rejoined the Nelson Mullins firm, where his focus will be on white-collar criminal defense and independent government investigations, sparked an overwhelming response on Twitter.
Uh, Gowdy is a lawyer. He’s returning to the law firm where he worked prior to being in government. There’s no indication he’ll be a lobbyist. So the story is really just Former Congressman Returns To Day Job https://t.co/vcmtOQGkU9
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) January 4, 2019
Lobbying? How about an enforceable ban on enriching yourselves by trading stocks on insider information you glean from closed door hearings. And a ban on consulting for government contractors using knowledge gained from confidential information. And paid political commentary…
— Russell Brown (@DrRussellBrown) January 5, 2019
Warren accusing Gowdy of something she would do. Sounds like she learned the Clinton spin. https://t.co/mS69Fa9Zo7
— mdbellinger (@MDBellinger) January 5, 2019
Warren didn’t even read 1/1024th of the story before mouthing off and getting the facts wrong. https://t.co/MCt4SvhRP3
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 4, 2019
This was factually Incorrect.
Not a great start to her campaign. https://t.co/12IMePychk
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) January 4, 2019
Says the lying woman who cracked a beer on national tv to try and make herself look cool. She’s an epic fail! We will miss you @TGowdySC. You are one of the few decent people in Washington. Live long and prosper ?
— ithinkformyself (@shelleyfletch10) January 5, 2019
There is no one that I have more respect for than Trey Gowdy–no one! And his response to E. Warren was perfect and perfectly civil. She deserved worse than she got.
— Katy-Gram (@katy13820987) January 5, 2019
Facts and Sen. Warren never met.
— RickyRay ? (@RickyRayinGA) January 5, 2019
Mr. Gowdy, thx for your service. You will be missed by more than you know. People like you are why I’m leery to support term limits. People like Warren are why we need them.
— Tom Skypek (@TomSkypek) January 5, 2019
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