Thursday, July 10, 2014

Reputation for Zeal Precedes Republican Leading New Benghazi Inquiry

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER, NYT
JULY 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Representative Trey Gowdy was cutting the grass in the front yard of his Spartanburg, S.C., house when Speaker John A. Boehner called with a special assignment.

Mr. Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and a former prosecutor whose peculiar hairstyle has generated almost as much news media coverage as his voting record, has made a name for himself over his barely two terms in office with his tenacious questioning of Obama administration officials in committee rooms. Yet his relationships with Democrats on Capitol Hill are far more nuanced than many of his conservative brethren.

Which made him the speaker’s ideal choice for leading a new politically charged congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Despite skepticism in many quarters, Mr. Gowdy promises a process — which began Wednesday when his full committee met for the first time — that will be both plodding and fair.

“This will not be what people on the left fear it is going to be,” Mr. Gowdy said over lunch at the Capitol Hill Club, a dining room for Republicans where he has the same dinner — varying species of fish as well as fresh fruit — every night that Congress is in session, most often with his fellow South Carolina Republican, Senator Tim Scott.

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