Gowdy remembers political opponent, good friend Elijah Cummings

Gowdy remembers political opponent, good friend Elijah Cummings
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Former Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE (R-S.C.) paid tribute to his good friend former Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDebate gives Democrats a chance to focus on unaddressed issues of concern to black voters Maloney wins House Oversight gavel The Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage MORE (D-Md.), who died Thursday at the age of 68.

In an op-ed that was published in The Washington Post on Friday, Gowdy described Cummings as a "fighter" and "formidable political opponent."

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"He was my friend, and it is that part of life working with Elijah that I will remember and cherish the best and the longest," Gowdy, who now runs a private law practice, added.

Filled with multiple anecdotes of his friendship with Cummings, Gowdy focused on how their differences of opinion and background only made the pair better friends.

"Members of Congress don’t always give advice to (or take advice from) one another," Gowdy said. "Most don’t have the kind of relationship where you can, but we did."

Gowdy continued: "We did because we tried to understand where the other had come from, what made us who we were, why we believed what we believed; and because we shared a respect for the law, the justice system and the institution of the House of Representatives."