Trey Gowdy BETRAYS Conservatives by Endorsing Rubio

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By Barrack

Gowdy (L) and Rubio (R)

Gowdy (L) and Rubio (R)

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has officially betrayed the Tea Party conservatives who got him elected in 2010. He’s done so by endorsing establishment Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for President. Rubio betrayed those same Tea Party conservatives when he joined with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), John McCain (R-AZ), et. al. in 2013 for the infamous ‘gang of eight’ amnesty bill.

Gowdy – a former prosecutor – has become known as a rock-ribbed conservative who is affronted by injustice. His fiery style is predicated on that principle and has been on display at congressional hearings; this has endeared him to conservatives.

He’s now stabbed those conservatives in the back.

Though it’s nearly impossible to divine motives for decisions that make no logical sense, Gowdy’s decision to endorse Rubio smacks of the establishment throwing its weight around. Make no mistake; the Republican establishment is very desperate. So much so that someone like Gowdy coming out for someone like Rubio one month prior to the Iowa caucuses seems to reflect that desperation.

It would be a tremendous get for those forces to cajole Gowdy into endorsing Rubio. Were any favors called? Was any pressure brought to bare on Gowdy?

Rubio coyly supported Romney against Gingrich in 2012.

Rubio coyly supported Romney against Gingrich in 2012.

In 2012, Rubio did something somewhat akin to what Gowdy is doing now. After anti-establishment candidate Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary, the establishment went to work on Gingrich, destroying his momentum heading into the Florida primary. If Gingrich won there, he very well may have been unstoppable.

Gingrich had to be destroyed. Rubio was an integral part of that effort, albeit with a significant bit of subtlety and nuance. Still viewed as a conservative champion at the time, Rubio couldn’t come out with an official endorsement of Romney but he was just as effective, perhaps even more so.

You see, as Romney’s campaign and SuperPACs were unloading on Gingrich with both barrels, Rubio was essentially telling Gingrich to tone down the rhetoric while giving Romney a pass. Gingrich’s campaign released an ad in Spanish that referred to Romney as “anti-immigrant”. Though Rubio didn’t formally endorse Romney, his rebuke of Gingrich had the same effect.

Rubio was key figure in derailing Gingrich in Florida in 2012.

Rubio was key figure in derailing Gingrich in Florida in 2012.

Via ABC News at the time:

With the Florida primary fast approaching next Tuesday, Gingrich and Romney spent Wednesday feuding in an attempt to win over Latino voters at a Univision forum in Miami. Romney blasted Gingrich for the “anti-immigrant” line in the ad, saying it was “very sad” and “unbecoming of a presidential candidate.”

But it was not Romney’s rebuke of the ad, rather Rubio’s, that prompted the campaign’s decision to scrap the spot.

Rubio, the Republican senator considered a likely contender for the No. 2 slot on the Republican ticket, told the Miami Herald that the language used by Gingrich in the ad was “more than just unfortunate – it’s inaccurate, inflammatory and doesn’t belong in the campaign.”

Rubio didn’t stop there. When Gingrich compared Romney to Florida’s liberal ex-Governor Charlie Crist, Rubio castigated the former Speaker:

“Mitt Romney is no Charlie Crist,” Rubio said. “Romney is a conservative, and he was one of the first national Republican leaders to endorse me. He came to Florida, campaigned hard for me and made a real difference in my race.”

The Senator from Florida didn’t endorse Romney but it was clear he was putting his thumb on the scale for the establishment candidate while touting his conservative bonafides.

Gowdy endorsing Rubio despite the 'gang of 8'.

Gowdy endorsing Rubio despite the ‘gang of 8’.

While Rubio was checking the Gingrich campaign and thereby putting his displeasure on display for conservatives to see, he remained silent when Romney reciprocated. Check out this excerpt from the Huffington Post at the time:

Fresh off a triumphant victory in the South Carolina primary, former Speaker Newt Gingrich came to Florida with the wind at his back. What he may not have known was that he would be riding those winds into a wall of money. A newly feisty Mitt Romney, fighting for his political life, and his loyal super PAC unloaded on Gingrich in the Sunshine State with a massive spending binge that included wall-to-wall attack ads in a repeat of the assault that knocked Gingrich from the top of the polls in the run-up to the Iowa caucus.

Today, Gowdy’s endorsement of Rubio has the same feel. Since being elected on a wave of Tea Party support in 2010, Rubio has incrementally been taking his mask off. If a big part of Rubio’s true self and establishment allegiance wasn’t revealed with his ‘gang of eight’ bill, it certainly was when the donor class threw its support behind him when Jeb! began sinking earlier this year.

Donor class moving its money from establishment Jeb to establishment Rubio

Donor class moving its money from establishment Jeb to establishment Rubio

Perhaps the average American citizen with every day obligations and a passing interest in the political process can’t see it yet. As a member of Congress, however, Gowdy surely must. He knows he is betraying the contingent of voters that put him in office nearly six years ago. He also knows that as a representative of South Carolina, he has the opportunity to help deliver that state to Rubio by joining him on the campaign trail.

In assessing Gowdy, his flashy and righteous style in congressional hearings has borne little more than conservative fist-pumping substance.

Consider the House Select Committee on Benghazi, for example.

Conservatives were ecstatic when establishment House Speaker John Boehner named Gowdy as the chairman of the Committee. It carried the excitement of a desperate NFL franchise drafting a top tier quarterback. What most people overlooked was what happened next, when Gowdy named Philip Kiko – a deeply entrenched establishment D.C. lobbyist – as the Committee’s executive director.

The selection of Kiko had the effect of compromising the committee. I called it at the time. The reason? He should have recused himself because as a registered lobbyist for the Leadership Council on Civil Rights (LCCR), Kiko represented a group that included a Muslim Brotherhood front group named Muslim Advocates (MA). The majority of the attackers in Benghazi were a part of the same Muslim Brotherhood (al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Sharia, for example).

All of this says nothing of the role of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. State Department, to include Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s close advisor at the time. Gowdy has completely ignored this crucial piece to the Benghazi puzzle, at least publicly. With Kiko at his side, he’s likely ignoring it privately as well.

Gowdy (L) letting Huma Abedin (R) skate.

Gowdy (L) letting Huma Abedin (R) skate.

Incidentally, allowing Abedin to skate is something else Gowdy and Rubio share in common. The Benghazi committee chairman has shown no visible interest in – or knowledge of – Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood connections. This is an affront to the efforts of former Rep. Michele Bachmann, who called attention to those connections. As chairman, Gowdy has a duty to follow those leads.

When Bachmann called attention to Abedin in 2012, it was Rubio who defended Abedin:

Earlier this year, former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy rightly called out Gowdy for his handling of one of the Committee’s witnesses. McCarthy seemed to imply that Gowdy might be taking a dive.

Gowdy’s endorsement of Rubio has all the signs of him doing it again.

Gowdy (L) and former Establishment Speaker Boehner (R) as Benghazi committee announced in 2014.

Gowdy (L) and former Establishment Speaker Boehner (R) as Benghazi committee announced in 2014.

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