House Oversight panel head Chaffetz to leave Congress after 2018
Chaffetz, 50, said he has no "ulterior motives" for his decision. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. "I trust you to find the best person to serve", he said. "I may run again for public office, but not in 2018", Chaffetz said, leaving open the possibility of a return to Washington one day.
Why are Democrats so happy to see Chaffetz go? He says he's taking a break from the political life-he's represented Utah's 3rd district since 2008.
He has been the subject of scrutiny in that role, having been criticized for his handling of multiple investigations into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including into her role in responding to the 2012 Benghazi attack and her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
More than 18 months out from the election in the heavily Republican district, there were already possible signs of a challenging race in Mr. Chaffetz's future.
Representative Chaffetz said he made a decision to announce his intention not to run for re-election now to allow fellow Republicans the time necessary to develop the essential groundwork and campaign apparatus necessary to win the race.
"His razor-sharp mind, expansive knowledge and gift for communicating will serve him well when he transitions into the private sector", Hebert said. A long-shot Democratic challenger, Kathryn Allen - a physician and political newcomer - has reportedly been out-fundraising Chaffetz, according to the Associated Press. Chaffetz entered office in 2009 and his indefinite departure from politics would leave Utah's 3rd District up for grabs.
Back in early 2016, Chaffetz told the Deseret News that he was keeping a very close eye on the state's governorship.
But Chaffetz was also facing a tougher than usual reelection battle with a potential primary challenge from the Republican mayor of Provo John Curtis.
After selling her private practice-the struggles of keeping it up, she writes, have made her understand the plight of the small business owner-Allen now works in a private clinic for the employees and staff of the Utah Transit Authority. Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups House votes to begin debate on healthcare bill; six Republicans defect MORE (Ariz.) and Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.).
Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, called Chaffetz "a valuable member of the Republican team" and wished him well.