Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

Theresa Hayes | 21 April, 2017, 18:22

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.

"When I contemplate another 200 nights away from home, it is just too much", Chaffetz told FOX 13 news anchor Bob Evans.

In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Chaffetz reiterated that he wants to spend more time with his family. Curtis said Wednesday that he hasn't made any decisions but Chaffetz's announcement has "given me pause for thought about my future".

"Chaffetz not seeking re-election will raise more questions about this", Watson tweeted, quoting another tweet that suggested the Russians have "kompromat" against Chaffetz.

"I think there probably is a little bit of uncertainty as far as what the process is, because we've never done it before", said Governor Gary Herbert, (R) Utah.

Or maybe it's something that has nothing to do with any of that!

FILE - In this February 9, 2017 file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks at the House Majority Caucus at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. His experience in Congress obviously opens up numerous job possibilities, though they may be slightly limited if he intends to return to his home state of Utah. Utah's 3rd CD has a Cook index of R+25, and has been represented by Republicans for the last 20 years. Chaffetz, who spearheaded the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, has demonstrated a newfound zeal since the election for denying presidents deserve financial scrutiny. However, he has been confronted with an unexpected challenge from Democratic newcomer Kathryn Allen. He said Chaffetz exiting the post "definitely gives me pause".

Chaffetz's decision was first reported by BuzzFeed. Good luck with that, you baby-faced toad.

Thomas said his department in the office of Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox was basing the informal information-gathering on Chaffetz's statements to local media that he might leave office early. Allen took issue with Chaffetz's comments about the need for low-income Americans to make purchasing healthcare more of a priority than buying the latest iPhone.

Chaffetz led high-profile and persistent investigations into Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but took a tepid approach to Trump's alleged conflicts of interest and ties to Russian Federation. But Chaffetz has declined, saying the intelligence committees are better equipped.

Chaffetz worked in private industry as a corporate communications specialist before opening his own communications firm before he entered the world of politics. Chaffetz has served in his current seat since 2008.