One Of Congress' Most Powerful Figures Isn't Running For Re-election

Calvin Saunders
April 20, 2017

"I may run again for public office, but not in 2018", Chaffetz said in his Facebook posting.

Chaffetz wrote on his Facebook page that he won't be a candidate for any political office in 2018.

The Utah Republican, who has been floated as a potential candidate for Senate or governor, did not close the door to another run for public office in his Wednesday statement.

Provo Mayor John Curtis said Wednesday that he would consult with his family and advisors and make a decision at a later date. As some have noted, the Utah Governorship is opening up in 2020, and could be the prize Chaffetz now has his eye on. Utah's 3rd District has always been reliable for Republicans: Chaffetz was elected with 66 percent of the vote in 2008; in his subsequent re-elections, he has easily garnered over 70 percent. In February, Chaffetz was ground zero for the first round of raucous Trump-era town hall meetings. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Allen's contributions spiked after Chaffetz appeared on national television and suggested low-income Americans would be able to afford health insurance if they chose to forgo new iPhones, a comment he later tried to walk back.

"I just feel elated and excited that he's stepping down", said Kate Kelly, who organized the dance party at the Historic Utah County Courthouse, where Chaffetz's local office is located.

One of the most well-known Republican members of the House of Representatives won't be running for re-election. He declined to investigate Trump's massive business interests despite promises to ferociously continue investigating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton following an investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

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Representative Jason Chaffetz is the chair of the extremely influential House oversight committee.

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"Congressman Chaffetz has represented Utah in the United States House of Representatives with distinction, and I have appreciated working with him over the last eight years on issues vital to our state".

Five days after the announcement, Mr. Chaffetz asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Mrs. Clinton had lied in her testimony before Congress about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Instead, Chaffetz has been hesitant to lead a thorough investigation of Trump, and the investigation has since mainly fallen to senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.). He said he would not be able to look his teenage daughter in the eye should he vote for Mr. Trump after revelations arose that Mr. Trump had boasted in 2005 of sexually assaulting women.

Jason Chaffetz wants to be governor. Both he and McCarthy withdrew from that race and Paul Ryan replaced Boehner in October 2015.

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