According to a statement posted to Chaffetz' public Facebook page, he has made a decision to leave public service and go back to working in the private sector, despite his stated confidence that he would have held onto his seat in next year's election.
Embattled Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced on Tuesday morning that he won't run for re-election to his seat in 2018, possibly depriving Democrats of a solid opportunity to pick up a House seat.
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. On Facebook, Chaffetz argued public service should not be for a full career. Many of you have heard me advocate, "Get in, serve, and get out". Chaffetz said the decision was made so he could spend more time his family and return to the private sector after 15 years in politics.
Chaffetz said he has "no ulterior motives" and is healthy and confident he would be re-elected. Chaffetz says he won't for re-election or any other offi.
Chaffetz was first elected to represent Utah's Third Congressional District in 2008 and served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
"Serving is an honor and a privilege that I have never taken for granted", Chaffetz said in a Facebook post.
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The Utah State Legislature did not pass a bill that would have addressed the intricacies of a special election. But Chaffetz has declined, saying the intelligence committees are better equipped. Kidd had raised $15,500 in recent months but was left with only $1,600, according to his most recent fundraising reports.
Still, Chaffetz has run into political turbulence.
Jason Chaffetz is not running for reelection in 2018, opening the field in what has been a strongly Republican district in the state.
As political commentary continues to become a cottage industry on cable news, it is possible the media savvy Chaffetz could land a contributor job on one of the networks.
Half of the voters are registered Republicans in Chaffetz' 3rd congressional district, which stretches from suburban Salt Lake City to desert towns in southeastern Utah and includes heavily conservative Mormon areas. "I've been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine".