Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

20 April, 2017, 09:12 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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In a Facebook post published on Wednesday, Chaffetz wrote that "after long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018". "Many of you have heard me advocate, 'Get in, serve, and get out, '" his statement read. In a Facebook announcement on Wednesday, he crowed that had he chose to run again, he'd handily beat any challenger.

Chaffetz says he has "no ulterior motives", and is healthy and confident he would re-elected.

Chaffetz held a prominent leadership position within Congress as the chair of the House Oversight Committee, so his unexpected exit could leave a power vacuum to be filled by an up-and-coming Republican representative.

While Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he is leaving Congress for the private sector, he did not rule out a future bid for office.

I would like to thank Congressman Jason Chaffetz for his service in the United States Congress, and to the 3rd district and state of Utah. He had enjoyed easy re-election wins in his Republican-friendly Utah congressional district.

Chaffetz says Washington life is wearing on him. "By embracing Trump, embracing falsehoods, embracing a platform that favors the 1 percent and isn't about the middle class, health care or cleaning up the environment, that whoever runs as a Republican, they will have to deal with that legacy".

Representative Jason Chaffetz is the chair of the extremely influential House oversight committee. "I spend 1500-plus nights away from my family".

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It is not a coincidence that Chaffetz announced his decision after the Georgia House special election provided more evidence of a blue wave building for 2018.

The writing was on the wall for Chaffetz after the special House elections in Kansas and Georgia.

Observers were quick to point out Chaffetz has before expressed an interest in being Utah's governor and could seek the role in 2020. I'm anal about domain real estate because I used to work for Network Solutions / Verisign back before the dot-com crash.

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Some offered support for Chaffetz on his Facebook page.

Chris Karpowitz, co-director at Brigham Young University's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, said Chaffetz may be seeking to avoid a potentially embarrassing primary loss or close race in 2018 that could hurt his prospects for the 2020 governor's race.

For now, he plans to transition to the private sector, but he isn't closing the door on politics all together. Evan McMullin, an anti-Trump presidential candidate in 2016, has previously floated the idea of challenging Chaffetz for his seat. True to form, they declined to comment when we asked them to verify whether they were aware of "kompromat" on Chaffetz.

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