Monday, 24 July, 2017

Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not seek re-election in 2018

Molly Riley Associated Press		House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz spoke on Capitol Hill in Washington Molly Riley Associated Press House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz spoke on Capitol Hill in Washington
Howard Terry | 21 April, 2017, 00:14

"Chairman Chaffetz' behavior has always been beneath the dignity of the office he holds and he should step down as Chairman of the Oversight Committee immediately", said Tyler Law, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman. Wright said. He was an apparently making a reference to the state's process of appointing a replacement for Chaffetz's House seat, Wright said. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, decides to retire.

Chaffetz's decision didn't change things for candidates who have already declared they were running for the seat.

"For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives", he said on Facebook. "That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector", he wrote. Chaffetz said in a text message: "My future plans are not yet finalized but I haven't ruled out the possibility of leaving early". Kathryn Allen, a physician and political newcomer running as a Democrat, has already raised almost $400,000 more than Mr. Chaffetz this year, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday - most of it from donors outside of Utah. "He's very rich. I don't think that he ran for this office to line his pockets even more". "Undoubtedly, he will appreciate being able to spend more time here in the great state of Utah".

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.

Democrats in Congress have been especially critical of Chaffetz for not vigilantly investigating President Trump and the billionaire's potential conflicts of interest. He has been the target of frequent protests at Town Halls in his district, and, in February, fierce opposition forced him to withdraw a bill that would have sold off public lands. After more than 1,500 nights away from my home, it is time.

A former Chaffetz aide told Reuters the congressman may seek to run for Utah governor in 2020, though no firm decision had been made yet.

With a ready foil in Mrs. Clinton, whose brushes with controversy have sustained many Republican congressional careers, Mr. Chaffetz appeared primed to emerge as a chief tormentor for a new Democratic White House.

The domains were secured by Chaffetz's campaign arm on April 6. In a Facebook announcement on Wednesday, he crowed that had he chose to run again, he'd handily beat any challenger.

Hughes and Wright didn't return messages. McMullin didn't respond to messages seeking comment but has said he's considering a run for U.S. Senate or House in 2018 in Utah.

Stewart is a Utah congressman who was being considered for secretary of the Air Force, which would have required him to leave.

But Friends of Jason Chaffetz registered two web domains more than a week ago, Fusion first reported, citing a search on the WhoIs domain name directory: Jason2028.com and JasonChaffetz2028.com.

Gaffetz announced Sunday that he will be running to be John Boehner successor as House speaker.

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