Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Key House Republican Jason Chaffetz will not seek re-election in 2018

Christy Curtis | 21 April, 2017, 03:56

Chaffetz, who announced Wednesday he would not seek reelection in 2018 so he could return to the private sector, had two websites registered in his name by his campaign arm Friends of Jason Chaffetz: Jason2028.com and JasonChaffetz2028.com.

'My future plans are not yet finalized but I haven't ruled out the possibility of leaving early, ' he told numerous news outlets. "In the meantime, I still have a job to do and have no plans to take my foot off the gas".

As the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz expected to lead investigation after investigation into presumed 2016 presidential victor Hillary Clinton.

In March, Chaffetz again caught flack when he made a comment in regard to President Trump's proposed American Health Care Act, saying provisions in the bill could lead Americans to put aside money for their health care instead of "getting that new iPhone". Chaffetz now serves as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, where his actions affect the whole country. After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time.

If Chaffetz runs for Utah governor, however, he won't necessarily be the front-runner, Karpowitz said. Chaffetz won 73 percent of the vote last fall, and Trump won the district by 24 points.

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

In his statement Wednesday, Chaffetz said he has "no doubt" his district "will be represented by a Republican".

Chaffetz's decision is likely bad news for Allen and the Democrats, as the district is normally not a competitive opportunity. Many of those donations are reportedly from out-of-state contributors (including Rosie O'Donnell, who has tweeted her support) attempting, however improbably, to flip Chaffetz's historically Republican seat to blue. This will end his tenure as the House oversight committee chairman. As some have noted, the Utah Governorship is opening up in 2020, and could be the prize Chaffetz now has his eye on. For now at least, Jason Chaffetz is preparing to enter the private sector when his current term expires, Fox News reports.

Chaffetz told NPR's Morning Edition in February that his committee was concerned with possible mishandling of classified information when Trump was apparently briefed on a North Korean missile test at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida while dining with the Japanese prime minister. Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota is running for governor, and Reps.

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