Trey Gowdy: ‘If I Had One Draft Choice and I Was Starting a New Country,’ Here’s Who I’d Pick to Run It...
“To me, just speaking as one member, the smartest kid in the class is Paul Ryan,” Gowdy told the Washington Post 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 Ryan — a Wisconsin representative and the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee — isn’t looking for a major leadership role in the House, either, which is a big plus in Gowdy’s mind.
“And when someone is super, super smart and is not interested, that tells you something,” Gowdy told the Post. “It tells me a lot.”
In the wake of House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement, 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. The GOP will name its nominee Thursday.
Gowdy, ever comedic, 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 former prosecutor told the Post.
He added: “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.”