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Gowdy’s New PAC Is Greek to Some, Anti-Gay to Others


Rep. Trey Gowdy,
Themis PAC, 

Gowdy is one of the most conservative members of the House. He studied history at Baylor University and remains fascinated with the ancient Greeks.

Wikipedia describes Themis, in Greek mythology, as the goddess of justice, divine law, traditional rules of conduct and social order, who “presided over the relation between man and woman, the basis of the rightly ordered family.” She was also able to see the future and cut fact from fiction.

Dan Backer of Alexandria, Va., is the PAC’s treasurer.

Update 3:42 p.m., Aug. 16.

A spokeswoman for Gowdy in a statement said the name Themis was chosen “because she is the Greek goddess of justice. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Gowdy is a man of law who sought justice for victims.”

The statement added: “Hopefully there aren’t any problems with a mouse who lived in his previous Longworth office named Leonidas, his cat Apollo, or a hermit crab named Hermes. He also happens to enjoy Greek mythology. To assume anything else is just ridiculous.”

She also noted that NASA has a mission called Themis, and “they refer to the Greek goddess of justice as inspiration.”

Other PACs registering this week include:
ProLiance LLC Employees State PAC, based in Indianapolis, Ind., registered as a new corporate PAC. Dave Mason is the treasurer. Its connected organization is ProLiance Energy LLC, as well as Vectren Corporate Employees Federal PAC. Vectren recently bought ProLiance.

The Electronic Transactions Association PAC registered as a new trade association PAC. It is based in Washington, D.C., and the treasurer is Jason Oxman. The association is the international trade association serving the needs of organizations offering transaction processing products and services.