Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Oversight Chairman Chaffetz Won't Run to Keep Seat in 2018

Oversight Chairman Chaffetz Won't Run to Keep Seat in 2018

"I have long advocated public service should be for a limited time and not a lifetime or full career", he continued. "After more than 1,500 nights away from home, it is time".

"I want to go back to the private sector", he said.

It is not a coincidence that Chaffetz announced his decision after the Georgia House special election provided more evidence of a blue wave building for 2018. But he didn't rule out running for public office, including governor, in the future.

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

"Absolutely, positively not", Chaffetz told Politico on Thursday.

As political site Red State mentioned, these URLs offer more evidence that a White House run is a possibility.

Since Trump took office, Chaffez has faced fractious town halls packed with angry voters who accuse him of providing comparatively lax oversight of the sitting Republican president.

Make no mistake, Chaffetz must resign from his Chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Last election, he walloped his Democratic challenger Stephen Tryon by garnering 73 percent of the vote and beat his primary opponent with almost 79 percent. Chaffetz, who spearheaded the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, has demonstrated a newfound zeal since the election for denying presidents deserve financial scrutiny.

Chaffetz's decision launched multiple reactions inside and outside the Beehive State.

Chaffetz said he continues to have the confidence of House leadership to remain chair of the committee through next year.

Chaffetz's announcement follows months of fundraising efforts by his Democratic challenger, Kathryn Allen, who has raised about $400,000 this year for a total of more than $534,000 in her campaign account.

Despite this, following Chaffetz's announcement, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Steve Stivers, released a statement saying he believed Republicans could hold onto Chaffetz's seat. The names of potential candidates being circulated include State Senator Deidre Henderson, former independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin and Provo Mayor John Curtis.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz's decision not to seek reelection is a big victory for the Trump resistance over one of administration's chief enablers.

Meanwhile Chaffetz's campaign committee recently purchased Jason2028.com and JasonChaffetz2028.com.

Chaffetz worked in private industry as a corporate communications specialist before opening his own communications firm before he entered the world of politics.

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