Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he won't run for reelection

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he won't run for reelection

Jason Chaffetz has been a valuable member of the Republican team, and we wish him the best as he begins this new chapter in his life. He has been an outspoken voice in Congress since he was elected in 2009.

Chaffetz said on his Facebook page that he had consulted with his family and decided that he would not be a candidate for any office in 2018 and would return to the private sector when his term ends in January of 2019. Then lots of rumors fly about his future planning-maybe running for governor in 2020, or perhaps even a 2028 bid.

"I just didn't ever think I would need to make that sort of a decision this soon, so that is surprising", she said.

He says that after more than 1,500 nights away from home, "it is time" to step aside.

Chaffetz said he has "no ulterior motives" and is healthy and confident he would be re-elected. Chaffetz wrote that he has "the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman", but in less than two years, he'll be replaced.

As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz has been walking a fine line between party loyalty and a district that's heavily conservative but lukewarm on President Donald Trump, Cann said. Here's how she phrases it: "Sources say there is kompromat on Jason Chaffetzl that this is why he turned and that Federal Bureau of Investigation know it" (link).

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Should Chaffetz have sought to keep the chairmanship, he could have done so for six years, as he told Coppins in a recent interview.

News of Representative Jason Chaffetz's decision not to run for re-election on Wednesday stunned Utah's political establishment - including several would-be contenders for his seat.

Chaffetz's staff in Washington, D.C., and in Utah did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But Chaffetz could also be taking a hiatus from the political scene before a gubernatorial run in 2020, something he reportedly expressed interest in previous year. FILE - In this February 9, 2017, file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. They have three children together. He played on the football team at Brigham Young University, a school where he converted to both the Mormon faith and the GOP.

According to Chaffetz's official biography, he worked in corporate communications for 16 years.

If Jason Chaffetz keeps his word and does not run, Allen's fundraising is likely to diminish, and Republicans would again be strong favorites in the Third District.

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