Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Jason Chaffetz Will Not Run for Reelection to Congress in 2018

Chaffetz CNN Rep. Jason Chaffetz SOURCE CNN
Elaine Woods | 20 April, 2017, 09:34

Chaffetz has represented the state with distinction, he said.

After wrapping up his Presidential campaign in December, McMullin told a Reddit AMA that he has not made a decision about his political future, and sources say that hasn't changed-though McMullin's operation found out only this morning that Chaffetz would be leaving office.

Chaffetz' Wednesday announcement may be a push to the aging senator to keep out of the contest.

Chaffetz has been more visible than most colleagues as chairman since 2015 of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a post considered critical for government transparency and accountability.

"I'm a little sad", said state Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) in 2012.

Before running for Congress, Chaffetz worked for politician and diplomat Jon Huntsman Jr.in 2004 as campaign manager in Huntsman's successful race for Utah governor, then as chief of staff after Huntsman took office.

Chaffetz says he's done in Utah's 3rd Congressional District at the end of his current term.

Chaffetz has served as a congressman since 2009, and served as the chairman of the oversight committee since the 2013 legislative session. Cannon refused to meet with Chaffetz after that. After archival footage from "Access Hollywood" caught Trump making lewd comments about women, Chaffetz said he couldn't look his 15-year-old daughter in the eye and vote for the businessman. Chaffetz later conceded on Fox News that his point about people being self-reliant didn't come out as smoothly as it could have. While Chaffetz made sure to let his constituents know that he is both "healthy" and confident that he would "continue to be reelected by large margins", Chaffetz did not make any mention of the fact that he had publicly declared interest in a 2020 bid for governor of Utah just a year ago. He explained his decision to step away from politics Wednesday on KSL's The Doug Wright Show.

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"I'm ready to serve, whether Jason completes his term or exits early".

"I think so", she added with a laugh.

Democrats championed Chaffetz announcement, saying "Chaffetz' behavior has always been beneath the dignity of the office he holds". At the time, he said his upward mobility in the House was a factor.

"The very nature of bureaucracy is to cut corners and is to innocently get off track", Bovard said.

Former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright's name has also been floated.

"He is a good friend, terrific public servant and a colleague that will be greatly missed in the House of Representatives and in the Utah delegation", he said.

Share your reactions to this story with me - is Chaffetz right to move on? After receiving a flood of donations-the failed repeal of the ACA and Chaffetz's iPhone gaffe helped garner Allen national attention-she officially declared her candidacy last month.

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