Around the South for May 22: SC, AL & TN


South Carolina: Gowdy expected to chair Oversight Committee. When US Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) leaves Congress in late June, his position as chairman of the House Oversight Committee is likely to go to US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), reports Politico. The Committee is in charge of the House investigation of charges that President Trump pressured the FBI to drop its investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor. Gowdy is a former prosecutor ……. Alabama: Roby to get primary challenge. US Rep. Martha Roby (R) angered many Trump supporters last year when, after the “Access Hollywood” video surfaced showing Trump making crude remarks about women, Roby called on Trump to step aside. At that moment, says state Rep. Barry Moore (R), “I had so many people come to me” urging him to run against Roby. Roby has responded that she strongly supports the President’s legislative agenda, reports Roll Call. Last fall, due to an 11% protest vote for a third candidate, Roby was held to less than 50% of the vote ……. Tennessee: Hagerty slated for confirmation. After sailing through a one-hour long hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by fellow Tennessean Bob Corker (R), Nashville businessman Bill Hagerty is expected to receive quick confirmation as President Trump’s ambassador to Japan. Most of the questions, reported The Tennessean, concerned opening Japan to more US exports. Of note, Hagerty speaks fluent Japanese …….