Trey Gowdy’s Three Dogs: ‘Judge, Jury and Bailiff’

Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

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Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

Trey Gowdy, we hardly knew ye.

Suddenly the second-term congressman from South Carolina is performing the “full Ginsburg” on this morning’s TV and radio news talk shows.

The seasoned federal prosecutor — six years prosecuting “the full range of federal crimes,” as his homepage notes — is the Republican House leadership’s designated investigator of what the Obama administration knew about the fatal attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, and when they knew it.

Forget the eight entities that already have plowed through 25,000 pages of documents. The pursuit of the smoking talking points is revving up again as midterm elections near.

Gowdy, a native of Greenville, S.C., a state with just one Democratic representative in its congressional delegation, is a Baptist, Baylor-bred and father of two.

The Gowdy family also has three dogs: “Judge,” “Jury” and “Bailiff.”

This morning, Gowdy was making the television rounds — joining Charlie Rose and Joe Scarborough, “America’s Newsroom” at Fox and Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” — to explain what remains to be learned about a raid two years ago that cost the life of the American ambassador to Libya and three others and ultimately drew a focus, as the Republicans would have it, on how the Obama administration was trying to explain the debacle.

As in most investigations Washington-centric, it’s seldom a question of what happened, and more a question of who covered it up.

Gowdy has slicked back his youthful blonde hair for the fight.

The choice, for Democrats, is whether to even participate in the select committee’s investigation — lending credence to an effort that the White House is dismissing as a political ploy. In their absence, the committee could easily take a plainly partisan course. Gowdy promises that won’t be the case.

“Even in a culture of hyper-partisanship, (there are) certain things that ought to be above politics,” Gowdy said on “Morning Joe” today, “like the murder of our four fellow Americans, and whether or not you can trust what any administration – Republican or Democrat – tells you in the aftermath of a tragedy.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee beat him to that punch, though, as the Huffington Post reported on a fundraising email inviting supporters to “become a Benghazi watchdog right now.”

Whatever the intentions of this investigation, the guys at “Gods Guns Guts Glory” say they have Gowdy’s back on this one.

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